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Msimango Talks About The Real Chiefs Problem

Kaizer Chiefs defender Given Msimango has opened up about the real challenges at the club this season saying it’s more of a footballing problem than a management issue.

Chiefs are heading into the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates this coming weekend, looking not only to get one over their arch-rivals this season but to also restore faith in their fans.

This followed some unconvincing results – including an elimination from the Nedbank Cup by first-division outfit Milford FC. Amakhosi are unbeaten in five league matches but their last win came on December 23 last year. They sit in sixth position on the log with 26 points in 18 games.

Msimango spoke to iDiski Times Senior journalist Lorenz Köhler in the latest edition of the newspaper and he said the problems at Chiefs are on the field and as players, they are honest about that fact and are working on being better.

“It’s a team problem, it’s a footballing problem we’re facing as a team and we’re continuously working on that day in, day out,” Msimango said.

“I can’t express how deeply disappointed we are because that’s how we’re feeling, I can’t rule that expression out because I think it’s not only me but the entire team is feeling that way.

“We truly understand [how the supporters feel], we’re taking accountability and I say this as honestly as I can say, we might not go to the media and say these things or on our socials but we take accountability ourselves and in our team, that’s how it starts.”

“We need to be honest with ourselves as players, we need to tell each other the truth, we’ve done that, the coaches have done that, the management have done that. We’re young men, who run households, we are leaders in their respect.”

“We can be honest with each other that we’re not doing what we need to be doing for the club and we need to improve that, we’re taking full responsibility for the situation we’re facing because at the end of the day, it’s a footballing problem.

“I don’t want to say it’s a management problem because they give us all we need, we need to go out there to prove to ourselves, families and supporters what we can do, and deliver results.”

You can read Köhler’s feature on the upcoming Soweto derby which includes interviews with Msimango and Orlando Pirates’ Makhehleni Makhaula in edition 144 available for FREE when you SIGN up for iDiski Times WhatsApp chat.

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Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.