"Chiefs lack quality players"
The 2021/22 season for Kaizer Chiefs came to a disappointing end over the weekend when the club was held to a 2-2 draw by Swallows FC, a relegated team. The Amakhosi's chances of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup were effectively eliminated as a result of this result.
Following the game, interim coach Arthur Zwane, who replaced former head coach Stuart Baxter a month ago, cut a frustrated figure and delivered a scathing assessment of the team's strength and depth.
"I think it's there for everyone to see," Zwane said at the post-match press conference.
"I may say things that others do not agree with, and they may believe that I know too much or that I am overly critical of players, but the fact is that we are aware that we do not have talented enough players to play for this club.
"Certain members of our team are capable of representing this club, but they are not good enough. We can't keep making the same mistakes over and over. Is it correct to believe that things are improving? The fact that it appears as if the mentors do not thoroughly train players properly is sickening.
Consider the goals that we have allowed, not to mention the fact that we are not creating opportunities for ourselves to score goals. Consider where we are now; we were too level. We almost didn't want to play after we scored the goal; we told each other, "it's alright, you know we're good with the 1-0 lead."
"We didn't want to keep going, we didn't want to run like we were tired. As a result, I'm not sure where you're coming from because we had at least a week to prepare for this game while also taking some time to recharge our batteries.
"As a consequence, those are the features that definitely communicate to us as a club and, moving forward, who should be a part of the first team and who should not be, and we will be practical with that. Because I believe we have pampered the feelings of some of the players for far too long, I believe it is time to make some changes."
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