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Mashamaite Blames Lack Of Succession Planning for Chiefs’ Woes

  • May 23, 2024
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Mashamaite Blames Lack Of Succession Planning for Chiefs’ Woes

Former Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite believes the club’s current struggles stem from a lack of succession planning following the departure of key players in 2015.

The 2014/15 season was the last time Chiefs lifted the league title, with Mashamaite serving as captain during Itumeleng Khune’s injury absences. That season also saw Mashamaite win the MTN8 trophy with a goal against Orlando Pirates, along with individual accolades like Defender of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, and PSL Footballer of the Season.

However, Mashamaite and other stars like Mandla Masango, Katlego Mphela, Josta Dladla, Matthew Rusike, and Siyabonga Nkosi all left Chiefs on free transfers at the end of the season. Coach Stuart Baxter also departed, feeling the management wasn’t backing his requests for reinforcements.

While Steve Kompela replaced Baxter as coach, he couldn’t replicate the previous season’s success, despite reaching two cup finals. Mashamaite points to the lack of a succession plan as a crucial factor in the club’s decline.

“A strong scouting department is vital,” Mashamaite told Sportswire. “Look at Sundowns. If a player is missing, others can seamlessly step in. The system shouldn’t crumble because of three players. Investing in succession plans is crucial.”

With one game remaining in the season, Chiefs face the possibility of missing out on the top eight if they lose to Cape Town Spurs and other results go against them. Currently, Amakhosi sit in eighth place with 36 points after 29 matches.

Mashamaite admits it’s painful to witness Chiefs’ struggles from afar.

“It’s not pleasant,” Mashamaite said. “Chiefs are synonymous with excellence and winning trophies. Ten years since my last season there speaks volumes about the significant changes that have occurred. This regression isn’t what Chiefs is known for. It’s a chance for them to re-evaluate everything at the end of the season. The blame can’t solely fall on coaches or players for the past decade. Management needs introspection and significant changes.”

Chiefs will definitely have a new coach next season, as Cavin Johnson, appointed as caretaker manager in October last year, hasn’t been able to turn the tide for the club.

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