Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo has heaped special praise on striker Patrick Mayo for knuckling down and staying focused even when sections of the Amakhosi faithful turned on him.
Mayo fell victim to the boo-boys after an indifferent start to his career at the Soweto glamour club following his close-season move from SuperSport United.
But Khumalo said in his latest column for Soccer-Laduma, that the 30-year-old from Zwide near Port Elizabeth deserves to be congratulated for his contribution to the team in recent weeks.
A couple of weeks back he was being booed from the stands and I asked those of you supporters out there who were giving him a hard time to have some patience and give the guy a chance, said Khumalo.
Isnt it amazing to see what a little patience and understanding can achieve! Mayo is hitting the back of net, his confidence is up and that can only be good for the team.
Khumalo believes there is an important lesson to be learnt from this.
The point Im trying to make is that we mustnt jump on the back of the players that are going through a tough time.
It doesnt make sense to make things more difficult for them.
Mayo is a perfect example of giving a guy a chance.
Mayo has scored three Castle Premiership goals for Chiefs this season, two in the Coca-Cola Cup and one for Bafana Bafana against Costa Rica.