- Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele says the club is happy to forgo the sarcastically labelled pre-season treble for a shot at some real trophies
- Rival supporters have in recent years pointed out that Chiefs have won the pre-season treble while failing to win any regular season silverware
- Mphahlele said he hoped that losing all but one of the pre-season cups would mean the club turned things around when the proper season got underway
Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele said he and all of the players at the club were more than happy to forgo what has been sarcastically labelled as the pre-season treble if it meant a return to winning some ‘real’ trophies in 2018/19.
Rival supporters have in recent years pointed out that the Soweto giants had a knack of winning what they called the pre-season treble, previously made up of the Carling Black Label Cup, Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup and Macufe Cup, but failing to win anything during the regular season.
Mphahlele said he hoped that the fact that Kaizer Chiefs had lost all but one of this year’s pre-season cups would mean its fortunes in the regular season had also flipped.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kaizer Chiefs won the Maize Cup this year but lost both of the newly established Mpumalanga Challenge and Shell Helix Ultra Cups.
Mphahlele jokingly told kickoff.co.za that the club was fortunate to have lost the pre-season cups this year which would hopefully work out in their favour.
Mphahlele dismissed the negative outlook many supporters and pundits have cast over Kaizer Chiefs heading into the new season. He admitted pre-season had been tough but said the team had actually come together well.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas was only able to assume full control of his side on Tuesday after receiving his work permit. The club up until that point been under the stewardship of assistant coach Patrick Mabedi.
Mabedi was forced to take on the caretaker role of coach after Steve Komphela dramatically quit the team in April. The search for a replacement head coach dragged on until 13 July when Solinas was announced.
This has led to many feeling that the PSL giants have missed out on some key signings during the transfer window and more importantly many still question whether Solinas is the right man for the job.
Mphahlele said while change was not easy he had confidence in the ability of the new coach and his vision for the team. He added that all the players were incredibly motivated to end the club’s three-year trophyless drought.
He added that the current crop of players did not want to be remembered as the group who could not win.
Mphahlele said Solinas had already impressed the players with his philosophy and with his work ethic. He said Solinas had been working hard to change the mental outlook of all the players.
Mphahlele said everyone at the club was working overtime to implement the new direction and to be part of the new era at the club.
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