Kaizer Chiefs legend Pollen Ndlanya says Amakhosi must take it easy against Polokwane City in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash set be played behind closed doors at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
“Yeah it is sad because the club will play where there will be no supporters, but it is because of rules and they should be upheld or followed,” Ndlanya told Goal.
“It is bad in my view for publicity and marketing because this is a big club. However, I am sure that that the some players will also be a bit relieved to play at an empty venue because they do not respond in the same way to the presence of supporters,” he said.
“You know some players do perform better in a full house and some can feel or play a different game because they sometimes feel nervous,” eplained the retired striker.
“I think there won't be much impact on the players on the field of play because the job must be done, but the club will definitely feel the hit because there is money to be made from gate takings and so on,” he reacted.
The decision to play the match behind closed doors came after the PSL found Amakhosi guilty of misconduct which was a result of a 2-0 loss against Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup at the same venue last season.
Following the defeat, the supporters stormed on to the pitch, damaging property and assaulting security staff and supporters.
“The supporters must learn from their actions that in life and in football in general, things happen that you don't always win,” he urged.
“I am sure the players are always looking to win when they play a match, but it's not always possible – they (supporters) are now suffering because this is their club and they can't watch from the stadium,” he added.
“What happened last season was not good at all and football is watched by our kids at home and at the stadium. So, hooliganism and violence should be condemned as they are not setting an example,” he responded.
Moreover, the Daveyton-born legend added that the Citizens must not look to capitalise on the fact Giovanni Solinas' men will not have their 12th man on the stands, but to work hard to bag a win.
“Yes City may look at taking advantage of this punishment but football is played on the field not on the stands,” he noted.
“They still have to play because Chiefs will have 11 players, not nine or 10 on the field. So I'm saying they must work hard and win the match,” Ndlanya continued.
“I also think there is no excuse for Chiefs players to lose or complain because they have a duty to win and get the points,” he added.
“My advice is they must not try too hard, but to play their normal game and ensure they deliver to the best of their ability, and I am confident they will win this one,” concluded Ndlanya.