Suddenly Kaizer Chiefs have amassed a fourteen game unbeaten run and the club seems to be buzzing and is one of the horses in the race for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.
Early in the season many of the Chiefs faithful where asking for the head of Steve Komphela – these fans were even hating each English word that came from his mouth but now they certainly love Steve’s English 101 classes. One is left wondering what has caused the sudden rise in the Amakhosi faithful.
Loyalty sometimes pays big dividends and this is one classic factor in the sudden good fortune that has befallen the Amakhosi. When the prophets of doom were pushing hard for the demise of Steve, the powers that be at Naturena were brave enough to rally behind the beleaguered man.
Whilst no one believed the high octane English excuses that Komphela were throwing in each press conference it seemed enough to convince Amakhosi football manager Bobby Motaung to believe that indeed he could turn things around. The results of all the confidence and loyalty that Bobby and Chiefs have shown in the coach is starting to bear good results and the fans are enjoying it.
The other factor that has also has been a vital ingredient in the sudden positive surge of Chiefs is the fact that the senior players have risen from the ashes. The likes of Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala have all regained their form and are currently playing some of the best football they have played in years. They are proving that age is nothing but a number and that class is indeed permanent.
Chiefs have been loyal to these players for many years and stood by them when they were not on top of their game. They always want pay back the loyalty and this they do by playing good football as a collective. The likes of Willard Katsande, Erick Mathoho and Tsepo Maselela are playing like men possessed and have inspired the younger players around them to raise their games and in doing so have propelled the club to serious title contenders.
Only time will tell if whether loyalty will be enough to deliver the title to Naturena but it is currently a key ingredient to a long unbeaten run.
By Andile “Bhanqo” Namntu