Kaizer Chiefs

The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs captain Mashamaite suggests a road to redemption for the club

Do you agree with Tefu?

Kaizer Chiefs

The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Former Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite believes his team must imitate what Sundowns and Orlando Pirates have done in recent years.

Mashamaite points to Orlando Pirates and Sundowns as beacons

Chiefs have one more game of their season and are still unsure of MTN8 qualification for next term. They’ll have to beat relegated Spurs on the final day of the campaign and hope the teams around them in the table don’t manage big wins. The table is so congested that Chiefs, AmaZulu and Polokwane all have 36 points while Golden Arrows have 35 and Chippa have 34. All of these sides are fighting for one place and it could easily boil down to goal difference. AmaZulu and Arrows meet in the only direct battle here.

Tefu Mashamaite, via iDiskiTimes, pointed to the discernable gap between his old side and the current South African champions Sundowns. Even arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, without a league crown since 2011, have added plenty of silverware to their trophy cabinet in the interim. The Buccaneers did a domestic cup double last season and are just a Nedbank Cup final against Sundowns away from repeating the feat. Mashamaite, part of the Chiefs class of 2015 who won the league under Scotsman Stuart Baxter, wants the Glamour Boys to do things modernly.

Mashamaite calls for modernity at Kaizer Chiefs

“Modernisation. The perfect example is Sundowns,” Mashamaite told iDiski Times.

“What Sundowns has done was very, very revolutionary even though at the end of the day people say they used money to buy success. This is where the football future is heading.

“I remember when we played in the Confederations Cup I think in 2017 in Gabon. We happened to be travelling on the same flight as Flight Mohale. He was then given the responsibility to be one of the scouts.

“I know the scouting network at Sundowns is very huge and people don’t realise that scouting is a career now. You need to be trained to be a scout.

“Also when it comes to choosing a coach, the coach has to resonate with the culture and the philosophy of where the club is trying to go. Sundowns have done that well.

“Every player that Sundowns scouts and eventually buys, they identify to say this is the player that we want. I don’t think Chiefs have really invested in that.

“Football right now is an institution, you cannot just choose a coach, buy players willy-nilly like, ‘Oh this player is playing for Chippa United, he scored 20 goals this season,’ and you buy him.

“Does he fit into the culture and the philosophy of Chiefs? If he doesn’t then don’t buy him. So Chiefs haven’t really like invested in that.”

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Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite to further his studies.

Tefu was one of Amakhosi’s winners

In his heyday, the 39-year-old was a colossus for Chiefs in the centre of defence. He captained Amaklhosi between 2011 and 2015 before trying his hand in Sweden with Hacken. He’s a two-time DStv Premiership winner with Chiefs in 2013 and 2015 alongside Bafana legend Tsepo Masilela, making 121 appearances in the black & gold strip. He had a much more than respectable tally of 11 goals & five assists in that time.

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