SASoccer365 readers' letters on matters Kaizer Chiefs - whether the Amakhosi need to sign another midfielder, do they get the benefit of refereeing decisions, and more...
'Very little separates the coaches'
In terms of tactical ability, very little separate the two coaches. It depends on where you look at this point from.
They are both masters of their football philosophies. However, I think what works against Gordon is that he has been forced to adapt his philosophy to work within an entrenched Ajax system.
This somehow stifles his approach. Otherwise he would be a brilliant coach at his method.
This can also be good to him in that it teaches him to be a flexible coach who can succeed under any other system. This I think is where he holds the edge, though we have seen both his and the Ajax system being somewhat "polluted".
With Ted, it is either his way or no way. His obsession with complexity of the development of an African player to suit the genetic make-up of African is not doing him any favours.
That he is a scholar is not in dispute, but what I think he lacks is that element of flexibility that make great coaches.
An ABSA game against Ajax is an example. After going a goal down with nothing to loose, he persisted by playing three wide, or "two" strikers as he alleges, whereas it was apparent that Ajax were playing a sweeper system.
This being a Cup, why not push one striker up to play against a sweeper in a one-on-one situation. Pull out Mayo and Radebe for Stigga and Mendu, push Mbesuma up to play against Mubiala.
You will then have 4 defenders, 5 midfielders (nullifying the Ajax dominance) and a striker playing against the last defender.
Ajax defenders would struggle to pick players to mark and this would create a lot of confusion which might result in goal or two, or Gordon changing his tactics.
But what did Master Ted do? Stick with the same system of play that was not yielding results. Cup games should allow coaches to experiment with systems that may assist them in the League.
with the signing of Schalkwyk, it will be a good one considering that Shoes is getting old, Mendu is injury prone, Nengomasha is a fledgling international and Thabo struggles to impose himself on the game.
However they should also release, Malatsi, Sithole, Sibeko, Matshitse and Richards. They only other player they should consider buying is Scara Ngobese of Royals.
With the return of Arthur Zwane, this will create a balanced team for Chiefs. I also think it will be in the interest of the club for Kaizer to hold on to Brian by all means necessary.
He is just hitting the maturity age for Keepers. Hans Vonk is not worth signing at his age, unless as a Goalkeeper coach.
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Chiefs have enough midfielders
I think it won't be fair for Chiefs to further sign a midfielder, Chiefs have got a large squad with lots of talent at the moment and I don't think u can sign young player like Schalwyk while u still have Pule, Richards, Khanye.
There are exciting kids at Chiefs. We still have Fredericks, Mendu, Mooki who haven't been playing regularly in the team this season.
They must let the boy at least go to Sundowns to help them out. They should sign him on condition if some of our midfielders are set for overseas contracts. The players like Fredericks, Pule, Nzama should again start looking for overseas deals.
Amakhosi also a victim...
I think it is very insane of Solly to insinuate that Chiefs is benefiting from bad refereeing.
Chiefs, like every club in the PSL, even in the First Division, is a victim of bad refereeing. Fortunately for Amakhosi we make sure that we win our games despite the man in the middle being against us.
Last Sunday I witnessed one of the bad refereeing decisions in this country by a man who is said to be the best referee.
It was crystal clear that the referee in the match between Pirates and Swallows wanted the former to emerge the victors, however Swallows defied the odds.
To my friend Solly who appears to be suffering from judgment diarrhea, I would like to say go on hallucinating and do us a favour by not giving insane comments.
KHOSI 4 LIFE