Bobby Motaung says Kaizer Chiefs are not under pressure. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

DURBAN – Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung has defended himself after some criticism from the Amakhosi faithful following their defeat to Baroka FC.

Amakhosi succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in the Absa Premiership encounter at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at the weekend.

Their fans were livid after the game, and Motaung was one of the people who was criticised for the team’s poor start.

Chiefs also crashed out early in the MTN8 following a defeat to SuperSport United.

Amakhosi are currently languishing sixth on the log after seven matches, and their fans have already made it known that they are not happy with the acquisitions they made during the transfer window.

“Kaizer Chiefs is not a one-man show. I’m not the owner of this team, therefore I cannot make decisions by myself. This (criticism) is very strange because when the team sign good players and they turn out to be a success for the club, people are always saying the coach signed good players,” Motaung said.

“When the players don’t do well, they always say Bobby didn’t sign good players.

“Chiefs it is a big institution – there’s a board of directors, management, committees  and the technical team, and I’m the administrator.

“I still maintain we made great signings. We also promoted good young stars. Some of the players we signed haven’t even played.

“Sometimes I also blame it on you journalists. I don’t know how you report. Let us wait until the end of the season, then we are able to judge. Right now, it is too early in the season.”

Chiefs signed Dumisani Zuma, Teenage Hadebe, Bhongolwethu Jayiya and Philani Zulu, but are yet to win any trophy under the leadership of Steve Komphela.

The former Under-23 national team coach is in his third season in charge of Amakhosi.

It is too early in the season to talk about the future of Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela, says Bobby Motaung. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

“Chiefs are not in crisis. There are other teams whose stress levels are bigger than ours. We are not under pressure, and there’s no need to panic.

“Baroka only got two chances and they utilised them. We got us ours and we didn’t use them, and that was the difference on the day.

“The coach still has a contract with the club, and it is too early in the season to make emotional decisions. We will sit down and analyse what happened in the Baroka game and move forward,” Motaung explained.

The son of chairman Kaizer Motaung criticised the behaviour of some of the Chiefs supporters who vandalised the stadium following the defeat against Baroka FC.

“What the fans did on the day was uncalled for. We don’t condone such behaviour,” Bobby Motaung said.

“We understand their frustration, but they need to express that in a correct manner. Our doors are open if they want to address their grievances.”


Isolezwe, IOL Sport