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Kaizer Chiefs players shoulder blame for poor start

Chiefs are yet to win a game this season after losing their league opener and an MTN8 match.

Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune. Picture: www.itumelengkhune.com

JOHANNESBURG - With all the pressure from Kaizer Chiefs fans directed at coach Steve Komphela, the players have come to their boss' defence and have accepted the blame for their poor start to the 2016/2017 season.

Chiefs are yet to win a game this season after losing their opening Premier Soccer League game to Wits and then crashing out of the MTN 8, following a 1-0 loss to Cape Town City FC.

Fans have since called for Komphela's head, with many feeling like this season will be no different to the previous one, where the Glamour Boys ended their campaign without a trophy.

Amakhosi defender Lorenzo Gordinho believes that the players must also be accountable for the club's situation, because the coach does his best.

"We do take part of the blame and he should take part of it, so that the burden is shared."

He says that the players must stand up for the coach and shield him from the scrutiny.

"The coach will stand by us and we'll stand by him and I think that as much as he takes the blame. We must take it because he's our leader. If he says we must do this, we must follow. Even if he's our leader, we must protect him."

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was more blatant about what the real problem with the club has been this season, pointing the finger at the players.

"The problems have been with us as players. I think we're not pushing hard enough. The coach and technical team are doing their job, even at training we look sharp, but during the game it's something else."

Chiefs go in search of their first points this season when they host Platinum Stars at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night and a loss for the Naturena outfit will certainly heap more pressure on the already under fire Komphela.