Kaizer Chiefs' opening game against Royal AM has created many talking points after a narrow defeat.
On paper, it appeared as if Chiefs should finally get the better of Thwihli Thwahla, given the quality of new signings Ashley Du Preez, Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf Maart and Zitha Kwinika, who were all on the line-up.
However, the Glamour Boys could not recover after conceding in the second minute from a goal scored by Ricardo Nascimento after a rebound in the box.
Chiefs showed promise of getting into the game but the new combination upfront of Du Preez, Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat did not click, as they struggled to have shots at goal.
However, all new signings who started impressed in my opinion and Billiat appreciated the club's new recruits and commented on the quality of Du Preez.
"He’s [Du Preez] got speed, a very good touch, and he knows how to make himself free,” Billiat told the media during Amakhosi’s media open day at Naturena, per Soccer Laduma.
"It’s just a blessing to play with a striker like that. We’re happy to have him, and we are looking forward to having a great season with him," he said.
Billiat and Dolly, who boast class and experience were disappointing in Chiefs' opening game against Royal AM.
Dolly in particular, his application on the game left much to be desired. It was as if he's still in pre-season.
A lot was expected from the new signings and they did their best but arguably the club's two biggest stars did not compliment them.
There was a time when Dolly and Billiat were the only standout players at the club and there was an argument that they need quality players around them for them to deliver consistently.
Quality players have arrived at the club and their performances gets worse?
Ok, it's only the first game of the season and perhaps they are still getting used to a new system implemented by head coach Arthur Zwane.
But in comparison, a player like Themba Zwane for Mamelodi Sundowns for instance, who is arguably on their level in terms of ability, does not disappoint for the Tshwane giants.
It's not because "Mshishi" plays with other best players around the pitch at Sundowns that he consistently delivers when he's expected to. It's because of his personal drive or ambition to always improve and not drop the standard, something that Billiat and Dolly lack.
By Thato Bosoga
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