'Chiefs must look up to Sundowns'


David Kannemeyer feels Kaizer Chiefs should be inspired to emulate the consistency that has brought success to Mamelodi Sundowns for most of the last decade.

The former Bafana Bafana left-back – who played for both Chiefs and Sundowns – feels these two clubs should be competing at the same level every year instead of having one cruising while the other is in the woods.

With a third of the league to play, Sundowns are 19 points ahead of Chiefs and have long qualified for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, while Amakhosi are still hoping.

Sundowns remain alive in the Nedbank Cup while Chiefs were knocked out by a first division club.

"Sundowns success is a clear example of what consistency is about. Pitso Mosimane was there for eight years and the club is just continuing with what has been happening through those eight years. Show me a club that has kept a coach for eight years in the PSL or even four," says Kannemeyer in an interview with KickOff.com.

"Football doesn’t work with the kind of short cuts that most clubs seem to want to take. If you bring a coach on board you must leave him to work his way and support him for the project to work unless you think he must just be a magician, which unfortunately doesn’t happen in football. In the last 15 years who did Chiefs sign and how many coaches did they change? That is the question. Changing coaches is not always the solution and now at Chiefs even if they bring another coach it will not help them.

"Chiefs need to give Gavin Hunt the backing next season when they are able to sign players. They must give him the money to get players because that is what has made Sundowns successful. Patrice Motsepe gave Pitso all the backing that he needed in that project and they are now at the top. Yes, Pitso has left but how long have the coaches [Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulano Mokwena] that took over been at the club?

"Chiefs needs a fresh start with new players, which is what was done with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Without a plan then you will never go anywhere in football. What is happening with all these clubs that keep changing coaches? The problem in South Africa is that we always want to blame the coaches without knowing if the players are making the effort to get into the team. Some players are just okay with getting a salary even when they are not playing,” says Kannemeyer who is now running his own club in Cape Town.

"Benni McCarthy was blunt with AmaZulu in that he should be allowed to be in charge and do his job and look what direction they are going. Compare that to the circus at Chippa. It is embarrassing that it is felt there is no other local guy who can help at Chippa. To be honest there is no planning at most clubs in both the PSL and NFD and that is why I don’t even watch the games anymore. Every game is different because there is no consistency and if an owner wants to coach the team then be brave and do what Jomo Sono is doing. Even with our national team, it is madness in the coaching ranks. Where is our planning there?"

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