With many Kaizer Chiefs supporters having expressed concerns over how the club has started its 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign, Masilo Machaka has also urged the players to up their game.
The club's number one supporter has called on the return of defender Lorenzo Gordinho as he also expressed shock on his departure.
Gordinho was loaned out to Bloemfontein Celtic in January this year on a one-year loan deal, and Machaka told Goal that there are no combinations at the back for Chiefs.
Under the tutelage of coach Giovanni Solinas, the Soweto giants have conceded five goals in three league games and scored three times.
“They are struggling so far and it doesn't look good for us. We are just not having a great start because we have draws and no wins in the league,” Machaka told Goal on Thursday
“I always emphasise that during the pre-season, clubs must play behind closed doors like Bidvest Wits - you see they are surprising everyone now,” he noted.
“I think it helps because not many will study how you play and it becomes difficult to plan for you when the season starts, but let's hope our boys will get things right,” urged Machaka.
“Some say we play with old guys and I also believe the coach will give players such as (Kabelo) Mahlasela a chance and see how they perform,” he added.
“I think you can't expect different results with the same team. Maybe the coach and the technical team must give the young boys a chance and see their progress,” he reacted.
“It is not good to start badly in the first round because it won't be easy in the second round of the league. We all know that, but we have Maritzburg United and we must beat them,” he continued.
“I'm not sure what is happening at the back because we seem to struggle for combinations and I am still hurt that Gordinho left us,” Machaka revealed.
“That was a big blunder to let him go and I hope they will bring him back because it looks like we are experimenting now - that should have been done in the pre-season,” lamented the Amakhosi supporter.
“We have conceded five goals already and there is no proper supply for the guys upfront. How can we expect goals from the likes of (Khama) Billiat when there is no supply?,” he quizzed.
“I think we still need more players, but we will support the club, management, the coach and the players – I hope they will give us something on Friday in Durban because Maritburg won't be easy,” he concluded.