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COMMENT: Kaizer Chiefs left reeling after another trophyless season, fan violence and Steve Komphela's departure

8:00 AM WAT 24/04/2018
Ryan Moon, Kaizer Chiefs
Chiefs have a huge task on their hands to overcome the current storm which appears to be getting stronger by the day

Kaizer Chiefs fans pride themselves on their team's ability to win major trophies, but Saturday's loss to Free State Stars means they have now gone three seasons in a row without a piece of silverware. 

Since the formation of the club in January 1970, the Soweto giants had never gone three seasons without a trophy, and this is something new to everyone associated with the brand. 

In addition to that, their fans appear to have turned their backs on the team, while they're without a proper coach going into the final matches of the campaign. 

The last time Chiefs went a full season without a trophy (2014), their fans were not as angry as they appear to be right now, simply because they could see the efforts put forth by the players - the team was playing really well and it was competitive at the time. 

This season, indications were always there that Chiefs would go yet another year without a major trophy even though they made it into the last four of the Nedbank Cup, and while the majority of fans felt Komphela had to go, they were willing to give him a chance until the end of his contract in June. 

However, his failure to beat Free State Stars sparked more rage among the fans, who felt enough was enough even after calls for calm from Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung just over two weeks ago following the defeat to Chippa United

Chiefs suffered three massive blows in a very short period of time, and very few people if none, expected things to turn sour so quickly, more so because the season is almost over.

Firstly, it was their loss to Ea Lla Koto which knocked them out of the second richest cup competition in the PSL and then the fans showed their true colours in two successive home matches - at the FNB Stadium and Moses Mabhida Stadium, while at the same time some vowed to cut ties with the club until they are able to compete and challenge for titles again. 

Lastly, Komphela resigned, forcing the club to improvise for the next few games. Patrick Mabedi will be in charge of the first team for the remainder of the season, but there's little he can do to appease the disgruntled Chiefs fans until May. 

It is true that the majority of Amakhosi fans who vented their anger at the players and Komphela on Saturday night wanted the coach to leave, but many of them are still not happy with football manager Bobby Motaung whom they feel hasn't been acting in the best interest of the club for many years now.

So, Komphela's departure doesn't necessarily mean things are now rosey and it also doesn't solve the team's problems as Chiefs still need to find a way return to the top and thrive again. 

The current storm could take several months to quieten as Chiefs could punished severely by the league in the coming weeks for spectator misbehaviour in Durban.

The Naturena-based outfit must also find a suitable replacement for Komphela, and sign the right players on top of that before their hard-to-please fans can really forgive them for the three disappointing seasons under their now former coach, Komphela.