Chiefs have had a dismal start to the 2021-22 season, sitting in 12th place on the 16-team table with six points from six games. They've only managed to win one game while losing four others.
The team's poor start, according to Mayo, can be attributed to the current group of players' drive, the recruitment policy, and the constant underperformance of experienced players. Mayo played for the Glamour Boys in a decorated spell at Naturena from 2003 to 2007.
When asked for his thoughts on the current Chiefs team, Mayo told Kickoff.com, "They don't have heart."
"Our generation fought for the badge because we loved it. They, however, lack that heart when it comes to them. They're only interested in making a profit. We didn't have much money at the time, so the badge was a big deal to us.
"You always play under pressure as a football player." Under those circumstances, you'll have to learn to play.
"Pressure is always present whether you are strolling in public or at a mall." So I'd say the Chiefs shirt is a little too big for them.
"With us, we used to take the pressure because we knew that if we lost two or three games at Chiefs, we wouldn't be able to go to the mall." Otherwise, you'd be subjected to a barrage of obscenities from the crowd, which is understandable given that they're paying to enter the stadium."
"We knew reaching every semi-final meant money for us," Mayo continued, explaining how earning bonuses used to inspire them. To win the semi-final and advance to the final, we only need to overcome one obstacle.
"We knew that if we didn't win the final, we wouldn't get any money from the club." We earn bonuses if we win. It doesn't matter to them whether they win, lose, or draw now days because they will still be paid the same.
"Because we were making so little money at Chiefs, we used to work more for our winning bonus than for our wage."
"I'm not happy about that," Mayo said of the recruitment during the last five years. They must not believe that I am saying this because I am bitter; I am not bitter; I am only expressing the truth.
"If you look closely, the last time the Chiefs signed a [top] player was when we were there. But I'm not pleased with their signings since we left.
"Some are going well, such as Phathutshedzo Nange, who has been the best addition for the Chiefs in my opinion. He's doing precisely what we want at Chiefs. Cole Alexander is also working exceptionally well for me.
"At Chiefs, however, we need to sign some good center-backs." The Chiefs are a brand, so you don't have to be in the middle of a rebuilding process. In that category, you must sign high-quality athletes. If the likes of Cardoso are still there, I doubt there will be any accolades."
"Players like Cardoso continue to make schoolboy blunders, despite the fact that they are senior players," Mayo continued. If it were up to me, I'd pick Bvuma over Khune and Akpeyi in goalkeeping.
"They're the senior guys; Bvuma should be learning from them, not the other way around." That child led Kaizer Chiefs to the Champions League semi-finals on his own."
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