Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
19 Nov 2019
7:19 pm

Chiefs have to shield their players from pressure

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Coaches always say that when a team is fighting relegation or in the running for a cup, the players need to be protected from any form of pressure with the head coach usually the one who must assume the role of the fall guy should things go wobbly.

Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs and Shaun Bartlett, assistant coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 9 February 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

And speaking to former Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows player and now SuperSport analyst, James Mayinga this week, he said that time has come for GladAfrica Championship side, Uthongathi FC to ensure the players are cushioned from any form of abuse. He says bonuses and other resources must be readily available to them to ensure they are totally happy and focused on the job at hand which is to keep the team on top of the second-tier league’s standings. The same can be said for Chiefs. Like Uthongathi in the Championship, Amakhosi have bolted off to top the standings in...