Chiefs' fourth dismal defeat angers fans
KAIZER Chiefs plummeted to uncharted depths at the weekend as they suffered yet another defeat, setting off heated protests from supporters and another round of blabber from their coaches.
The 2-1 loss to SuperSport United followed defeats to Free State Stars, Maritzburg United and Santos and is the first time in the club's illustrious 42-year history they have lost four successive games.
It led to a 30-minute protest from a small group of spectators who gathered around the tunnel at Soccer City to vent their spleen, throwing objects at both captain Itumeleng Khune and veteran midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha as they left the field belatedly after their post-match television interviews.
Chiefs are likely to be hit hard in the pocket by the Premier Soccer League, but that will be the least of their concerns for the moment as they continue their nose-dive.
The incoherent play on Saturday night was reflected by the equally jumbled analysis of the game afterwards from Doctor Khumalo.
His explanation for the latest setback was: "We are experiencing a transitional period and the players are adjusting to our philosophy," as if under the illusion he and fellow caretaker coach Donald Khuse have been tasked with a major mission to rejuvenate the club.
The truth is the pair are caretaker custodians until the end of the season when Chiefs will seek to put behind them a disappointing season and aim for new glories in the next campaign.
But they run the risk of serious damage between now and the end of the season if they continue without success in their remaining four games.
Last week, Khune spoke of "African flair" and "freedom of expression on the field", but there was little evidence of any.
Chiefs recovered strongly for the last 30 minutes, notably after George Lebese was brought on and when Siphiwe Tshabalala moved into a central midfield role.
His touches were sublime at times, and Chiefs should have got a late draw, something SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt was happy to admit afterwards.
Hunt also changed his tune on his team's title prospects, but still insisted Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns remain favourites because they had better depth in their respective squads.
But with Pirates and Sundowns as their next opponents, SuperSport can yet write a fairytale ending to the season.