Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki has spoken about how the club’s trophy drought piled the pressure on those players coming into the team.
Chiefs have had a rough few years when it comes to trophies, last winning silverware in 2015.
Ntseki, who parted ways with the club last month, said the need to get back to winning ways added to the demands of those coming into the team.
“Yeah, it is and for me, with my experience, it did not affect me that much,” Ntseki told iDiski Times in a recent interview.
“But it affected the young and the new players coming into the team because you are brought into the team, everybody hoping that we will turn things around. And when you get into the team, you are also excited as an individual to be part of Kaizer Chiefs.
“Maybe from your younger age, from your youth football, you always wanted to be a Kaizer Chiefs player and when you get to Kaizer Chiefs you want to enjoy being a Kaizer Chiefs player by winning games. And unfortunately, there’s so much that comes from the past, which is not very pleasing.
“But if you look at the past when Chiefs was winning any player, who came from other teams, joining Kaizer Chiefs because the environment was so conducive, it was vibrant and the team was winning, you also became part of the best achievers at Kaizer Chiefs.
“But now you’re coming into Chiefs that is not winning, as much as you are a good player from where you come from but when you get to Chiefs, you don’t get to enjoy and start winning games. You know when a team is winning games, look at Man City, look at Sundowns, there is so much camaraderie you have in the team, there’s so much connectedness that you have in the team. You can see them even when they go into a game because they have this feeling of winning, they even practice their celebrations.
“You can tell that at training because it’s a winning team it’s a very good environment, everybody’s positive and everybody’s excited. When you see the whole team celebrating you can even see the whole team understanding the celebration that the scorer or the players are doing.
“So I think that was more of a setback from our side to say ‘we did not start well when we were already under pressure to do well’. Everybody was looking at whoever was brought to the team to be the “Messiah” to win us games and also to bring trophies for the club.
“And when that is not happening, it goes back to again, again and again. And then again part of it is very negative and at times when it becomes negative, we become impatient. When you become impatient, you become violent and that’s basically what happened.”
Amakhosi are seventh in the DStv Premiership, 10 points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns who have four games in hand.
Many Kaizer Chiefs supporters were not happy with the appointment of Coach Molefi Ntseki knowing that one day he would fail as the Head coach.