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Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic unhappy with too much football

Posted: 15 November 2010 Time: 10:11

Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic is a worried man with eight of his stars playing for their countries this week.

Amakhosi will play Santos on Saturday, November 20, in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final scheduled for the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane.

However, Vermezovic has expressed his concern after eight of his players were called up for international duty, which, according to the Serbian, hinders Chiefs' preparations for the Santos clash.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, Itumeleng Khune, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Reneilwe Letsholonyane will play for Bafana Bafana on Wednesday night, November 17, against the USA in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town, while Soweto Derby hero Knowledge Musona is travelling to Mozambique together with Zhaimu Jambo, Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha to play for Zimbabwe against the ‘Black Mambas', also on Wednesday.

"I will be missing (eight) players this week and all those players are coming back on Thursday and we are travelling (to Polokwane) on Friday. I don't know who made this schedule, but it will be very difficult to prepare for the match. I hope none of these players will be injured," Vermezovic said.

Santos beat Chiefs 1-0 last week in a League match at the Rand Stadium.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:37 am
Pitso must bench all of them
and start with moneeb slimkop so the loud mouth
pistol fc fans can be happy,jali for yeye,
entlek who is competing with Shabba in that position?
klate R8 should be called

once again thanks coach for putting
the cocroches were they belong
Kaizer\'s Chief now known as Chief Champ
posted: 10:52 am
and then they tell us about a GALAXY OF COWS nc nc nc nc Jali is the only star ko pirates i still maintain!
posted: 11:07 am
Only Ngcobo is not guaranteed a place in starting 11, but will definitely play. GALAXY OF COWS will be watching taking, extra lessons from the side this time around.
posted: 11:07 am
Stop coming with lame excuses wena. You and your teams supporters i mean cabbage garmers believe your team has depth so why complain now? Jou lekker ding is coming for you and you know this deep down from your heart.
posted: 11:13 am
Kaizer Thief: Your team is now TEAM OF AFRICA? How interesting. If beating Pirates qualifies cabbages to call themselves TEAM OF AFRICA hayi ngiyasaba. As for national team I reserve my commnets. Santos my Santos, Jou lekker ding phezu kwabo.
Soccer Critic ( Tivanl )
posted: 11:18 am
HLABA LINGENE: 2010-11-15 11:13
Jou domkop, We call ourselves that bcos we have players representing different parts of Africa(not only From but playing For).
reserve ur stupid comments domkop.
posted: 11:29 am
And people WONDER why our players can't make it big in the world stage, this attitude breeds inferiority complex and lead to poor mental capacity for our players. the Chiefs coach (though he is not the only one with this problem, because the whole soccer frartenity in the country suffers from the same thing) has given his players an excuse not to rise to the occasion.

On averagge, a regular player in the EPL who plays for an avarage team plays about 41 games per season, excluding friendlies and top players playing for the bigger teams, who also represent their countries play an avarage of 60 games excluding friendlies, now contrst that with our players, the top ones playing for big teams play about 45 and the ones from small teams play round about 33.

Modise was said to be burnt out at one point having play half the season, that was an astonishing claim considering the intensity and number of games he had played that time.

We will never grow to compete with that attitude, for the kind of salaries our players receive, they should really be giving us more.

Well done VV for outsmarting Kroll, you were really superior on that game. you did not enjoy as much possession, but always used position when you got it effectively!
posted: 11:34 am
The fact is Chiefs players are not bench womers when they get to represent their national teams, unlike pirates players(bench wammers)
posted: 11:37 am
we won this cup without those stars coach and we can defend it without them. There is too much quality in our team. Viva Cabbage, avarage and what ever name u call us viva. This team also conqoured africa 2 win the then Mandela cup and was later named African club of the year. 2 date no team other than chiefs had a dinner with Utata Madiba.
posted: 11:41 am
mgugudi - wegolo
posted: 11:47 am
Congratulations to Kaizer Chiefs.

To buccaneers who think that it was by sheer luck that they scored those goals, you are loosing the big picture, which is football. Remember that I argued on Thursday after our draw with Amazulu that putting pressure on a team to ensure that they commit mistakes is part of the game.

Let us look critically at what went wrong on Saturday.

What chiefs did right?

Chiefs did not just close Jali but their holistic approach to the game did the job. They never used wingers in the game, Shabalala and Dladla drifted inside to pack the middle field thus depriving Jali the space to operate. Their wing backs such as Tau took the role of the wingers. Notice that this is the system Papic Used few years ago. We must remember that Jali is not a play maker, he is a general. A playmaker would take away the some of the pressure from him.

Long bals from Khune to trouble our defense were effective. When Dimitru won the league twice with Chiefs he used the same strategy, Mbesuma killed a lot of teams with his clever runs around the panicking defenders. VV is proving to be a good strategist, improviser and a faster learner than our know-it-all coach.

Playing Lucky as the left back was going to backfire; it was just a matter of time. Chiefs were aware of that and they put more pressure on that side, Tau and Musona operated more on that side while Dladla and the other defensive pack gave them the cover.

What Pirates did wrong.

As I always say, we never plan for teams we are to play; Saturday’s game was no exception. Plan B, does it exist? Same approach and same substitutions at a similar times.

Left back position, why play a right footed player on the left? Musona came on Lucky's left foot which is his weakest to steal the bal. Where was Cloete, Mxoyana or Zulu?

Mbuyane, a lot has been said.

Predictability, 1 dimensional system and 1 rout football that even the likes of Wits and Santos are abandoning.

Playing the back passes within or defense and our goal keeper which is an awful characteristic of Kroll’s system. Musona’ goal was a wake up call, I hope we see more of these goals in the near future to teach Kroll and his followers a lesson.

Lack of leadership. Lucky is failing dismally to lead. He caused the first goal by allowing Musona to round him off. The own goal was just a probable result in a jittery and crowded defense. The penalty was not necessary, what is even more disgusting is that he had cover in Johannes. Did you see lucky motivating Klate or the team after the own goal? Did he try to calm the team down? No wonder why Khoza takes time to give him a new contract. When we needed him the most few seasons ago he went crazy and stabbed his own teammate, he is always found wanting when long one-bump bals are played forward, he goes to his shell when the chips are down, he excels (scoring) when the team plays well but never rises to the occasion to lead the team when we struggle, etc. These are some of the things that differentiate him from the legends such as Bazooka Nick Seshweni.

posted: 11:55 am
Pirates is a loughing stock...ha...ha..Kwa..kwa..kwaaaaa!!! Legkwati should cosider retirement.
posted: 11:59 am
It's alarming always Chimpz fans comapre themselves with BUCS..I could not laugh that well when I saw Chimpz celebrating an own-goal. What a bunch of Tyrons who were saying Mahoota did not score it was an own goal so BUCS shoudnt celebrate during the MTN8..

Look here you tyrons, a win is a win stop being kids..You won on Saterday well done..Just remember beating BUCS aint equal winning the league.. Continue comparing your players at national duty and everywhere else with BUCS n that alone is saying something about BUCS..
Mesh - K 4 L
posted: 12:04 pm
No my coach you have many players on the bench!!!!!
Give them a chance to show themselves,so you mean without the national team players we are nothing?

Thanks for beating the hell out of old age cheaters,i liked your approach.You almost made a mistake again when substituting Shabbas.
mgugudi - wegolo
posted: 12:09 pm
@ Gucci Man,

I still maintain that Shabalala is not great as many people would like us to believe. He did not do much yesterday. Did he create any chances? Dictate the game? Gave Jele a hard time as Tau did to Lucky?

I still feel the goose bumbs when i think of the legends who played in that position, Teenage 4 Chiefs, Ace Mnini for Swallows etc. Get my drift?
posted: 12:24 pm
mr coach . your players are far from fatique. its only the start of the season and you want to complain about players going for national duties, Come on Mr VV take a look around you camp, you have one of the ugliest player in the world (yeye) picture him injured or tired
he is an injury himself and he is facially injured so gives a break
guys is it true yeye goes to Jabu stone for his dreadlock

Damn the guy is facially challenged by the way = ke mo kae
Tshangane, Venda,
posted: 12:25 pm

Wonder: well said mfana.

mgugudi - wegolo: good points mfana.

Chiefs fans can be excited about their win, however i would n't read too much into that game.
posted: 12:36 pm
Mgugudi ungivusela usinga mfana kwathi angidlale! Anyway fare comment mfana
posted: 12:37 pm
Well done to Chiefs for bringing the Mighty Bucs down to mother earth. It was lucky for them to find our team at their lowest. Surely the derby did not motivate Bucs players to play with their hearts out and KC capitalised on that. The defenders were pathetic and worse our coach did not have plan B as always. I will say that Chiefs beat us but not because they were playing top football, it's just that they found our team at their lowest since the beginning of the season.

In any case this was a wake up call for us and we can start all over again.

Bucaneer by Birth.
posted: 12:48 pm
While Orlando Pirates arrived in a Greyhound bus and Kaizer Chiefs were transported in their own branded bus, Amakhosi didn't win the contest there. Ruud Krol's outfit certainly couldn't compete with Vladimir Vermezovic's stylish pink number, but again the game wasn't won there.

Yet beyond the fashion and glamour stakes where Krol was outgunned by Vlad, the Serbian got the better of the Bucs boss in the tactical stakes.

Krol as a tactician is as predictable as an episode of CSI. He always plays two central midfielders, two wingers, one withdrawn forward and one striker. Much like his mood swings and press conferences, Vlad's selections are a little more unpredictable.
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