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Tefu – What Chiefs Need To Do To Catch Up With Downs & Pirates

Former Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite believes that if his former side are to get things right and bring back the glory days, they will have to do what their competitors Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates have been doing in recent years.

Chiefs are currently on a nine-season trophy drought run and occupy eighth spot on the DStv Premiership standings with 36 points from 29 matches, with the top 8 their only possible target for this current campaign.

There has been a visible gap between themselves and the traditional top three, with Sundowns already having clinched the league title with four matches to go and being holders of the Africa Football League.

Pirates have won the MTN8 trophy this season, and are still on course to defend their Nedbank Cup title and in a position to fight to qualify for a CAF Champions League spot next season.

Mashamaite, who was part of the last group to win silverware at Chiefs under the tutelage of Stuart Baxter during the 2014/15 season, spoke to iDiski Times writer Lethabo Kganyago recently, saying Amakhosi need to transition into the modern way of doing things, identify their culture, invest in scouts who will bring players that suit the culture of the team and a coach that will fit into the direction of the club.

“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.

“And 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.”

The 39-year-old former Amakhosi defender wore the armband for the Naturena-based outfit between 2011 and 2015 before he left South African shores for Swedish club BK Hacken.

Upon his return to Mzansi in 2017, Mashamaite signed for SuperSport United but two injury-riddled seasons saw him drop two divisions down where he signed for ABC Motsepe League outfit Baberwa FC, before disappearing from the football scene.

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.