COMMENT: Winless in five league matches! What's ailing Kaizer Chiefs?

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Reaching the 40-point mark appears to be a real struggle for Kaizer Chiefs, who yet again failed to win on Saturday night

Ernst Middendorp's men have been performing way below expectations in the league, and this has contributed to their dismal campaign.

While they may be in the final of the Nedbank Cup, Chiefs are at risk of not qualifying for next season's MTN8.

They have collected just 38 points from 28 league matches, a terrible record by Amakhosi standards, but what has caused this failure?

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Lack Of Pre-season


Kaizer Chiefs, October 2018

Chiefs bought some good players at the start of the season, but their failure to bring in a coach until July 15, 2018, meant little time to prepare for the season ahead.

When Giovanni Solinas was appointed as head coach, it was clearly a desperate move on the side of Amakhosi management, and this cost them some precious points in the early stages of the season.

Solinas may have been fired a long time ago, but Chiefs are still suffering from his and the management's mistakes. 

The current squad is not too bad, but they lack fitness and direction, simply because of the lack of pre-season where teams and coaches outline their plans for the campaign ahead.


Injury To Key Players 


Itumeleng Khune Kaizer Chiefs

While this may not always be associated with the abovementioned factor, it's important to note that an unfit player has increased chances of getting injured than a player that's fit.

Chiefs have had to deal with injuries to key players throughout the campaign, including a few senior players who had been their spine. 

Itumeleng Khune, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Joseph Molangoane, Erick Mathoho, Lebogang Manyama, Khama Billiat, Teenage Hadebe all spent some time on the sidelines due to injury, and in their absence, Chiefs struggled.

This may point to a lack of quality in the side, but losing almost all your senior players in quick succession is likely to lead to what Chiefs are going through right now. 


Tactical Mistakes


Ernst Middendorp Kaizer Chiefs December 2018

The technical team (past and present) should also take the blame for the way the club is playing. 

From the outside, Chiefs this season took their opponents for granted, and they had won some matches before even taking to the field. 

The team didn't have a clear tactical plan as to how they would win the game.

It's even worse when you see players running all over the pitch with no direction.

This points to poor tactical planning from the technical team, and it's not just under Solinas that Chiefs were poor tactically, but even under Middendorp.

Chiefs are blowing hot and cold because of how they line-up and plan for their opponents.

Middendorp would sometimes play six defensive players from the start despite having a team very capable of attacking from the first whistle.


No Desire And Determination


Itumeleng Khune Willard Katsande Mario Booysen Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs September 2018

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Amakhosi are known for their passion, desire and the determination to want to win at all times, but the players are at times at fault. 

Even Khune once questioned if the current crop of players were good enough to play for Chiefs.

The management needs to let these players know the importance of representing the club, which is supported by millions of fans across the world.

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