Schalkwyk identifies one Chiefs weakness

Posted: 16 February 2019 Time: 13:00

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Gert Schalkwyk believes the team lacks combinations and it may be the reason they have been struggling to get positive results.

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The Klerksdorp-born player featured under Ernst Middendorp during his first stint at Amakhosi in 2005/06 and enjoyed his football at the club.

Schalkwyk believes Chiefs will win something under the German coach in his second spell once the players have been exposed more to his methods.

"I think the club is lacking combination football, it seems like some players are playing for themselves on the pitch, they need to work together so the club can achieve something," Schalkwyk said.

"He [Middendorp] is a very good coach who believes in giving every player a fair chance. I had my best time at Naturena during his time. He's like a father figure who can understand any situation a player can face in his career."

Schalkwyk, who is currently playing a development role in his hometown organising youth tournaments, says he has appreciated SAFA North West for their support.

"I appreciate SAFA for what they are doing for me, as I'm organising a tournament that will be on the 19th to the 22nd of April. I'm looking at under-13, under-15 and senior players. This tournament has been going for eight years and has produced seven players – the likes of Pule Maraisane who plays in Cyprus."

When asked about the role SAFA is playing in helping former players in their projects, Schalkwyk reiterated his gratitude towards the football governing body.

"I was so happy to see that they've created a platform to help current and former footballers in making sure we don't suffer. I applaud them because in the past we've seen some crazy stories and I'm hoping that trend will end," he concluded.

Article by: Nkululeko Dladla

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