Amakhosi off to the Mother City to get players in top shape

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Kaizer Chiefs are going to Cape Town next week to sharpen themselves up for the second round of the Absa Premiership programme.

Amakhosi have planned an intensive training camp in the Mother City to keep their players in shape during the three-week Africa Cup of Nations break.

Thebe Mohatle, Amakhosi's publicist, said their players were expected back from the festive season holidays on Monday.

They will be in Cape Town until January 21.

"The aim of the camp is to ensure that all our players, with the exception of those who will take part in the Afcon, are in good shape," said Mohatle.

"It was the decision of the management to organise the camp because we realised that it won't be healthy for them to be idle for the three weeks of the Afcon.

"We are going to see a different Chiefs after the camp."

Mohatle also announced that Amakhosi have embarked on a roadshow to educate their supporters about behaviour during the games.

"We are interacting with our supporters to deal with many issues in all the provinces, but the emphasis is on ill-discipline.

"You are aware that we were recently slapped with a R120 000 fine by the PSL after our supporters threw missiles in our game against AmaZulu.

"We are using the roadshows to educate them about the process of expressing anger when they are unhappy with certain things affecting the club.

"We have branches' meetings where unhappy supporters can table their anger, those recommendations will be discussed by the management.

"I must say we are concerned about the behaviour of some of our fans. We cannot tolerate unruly behaviour at Chiefs.

"The money that we use to pay for the fines should be used to acquire more quality players," said Mohatle, who began the roadshow at the beginning of December.

"There are new incentives for them after we launched the new membership cards."

Mohatle will start the 2008 roadshows in Limpopo today with visits to Botlokwa and Lenyenye in the morning and afternoon, respectively.

He is accompanied by a support staff of 15 people who will also assist in the registration of new membership cards.

Tomorrow, Mohatle and company will be in Thohoya- ndou in the morning and Makhado in the afternoon.

The next stop will be Seshego on Saturday and in Limpopo on Sunday morning by addressing their supporters in Jane Furse.