Zulu: Our heads are not down
Posted: 12 April 2018 Time: 12:24
Kaizer Chiefs defender Philani Zulu says the players need to shoulder the blame for their recent slump, but remains confident of bouncing back in their remaining games.
Chiefs suffered their worst league defeat in almost nine years when they fell 3-0 to Chippa United in their last Absa Premiership outing at the weekend.
The result threw the club into turmoil as riots broke out at the FNB Stadium after the match before the club’s management called an urgent meeting the next day.
The outcome of that meeting has seen Chiefs promise massive changes ahead of the new season, with some of those being in the technical department as coach Steve Komphela is set to see out the remaining few months of his three-year contract.
Meanwhile, the players also need to take responsibility for their lacklustre displays that have seen their league title hopes crumbling at the most crucial of times, according to Zulu.
“It’s all on our shoulders and we’re ready to keep on fighting and push forward. We haven’t given up, and our heads are not down,” said the left-back.
“That’s the way it should be. You lose some and win some, it just depends on how you keep on fighting.
“We as players know what needs to be done. The youngsters coming in, with the help of the senior players, we pretty much are a good team and it’s up to us to show that.”
The 25-year-old refused to be drawn into what led to their humiliation at the hands of the Chilli Boys, who took six points off Amakhosi this season, and instead blamed the misfortune of injuries sustained by Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Teenage Hadebe and Erick Mathoho.
“I can’t really say what went wrong, because a lot of things went wrong. But, for me, with the injuries we suffered, it kind of changed the way we had planned,” he explained.
“That’s when Chippa got the better of us because we had to change up a bit, which didn’t work in our favour as much as we expected it to.”