‘Trophy drought pulling Chiefs backwards’

Chiefs are closing in on a fourth successive season without claiming any silverware since they last lifted the Absa Premiership crown in May 2015.

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It is an unprecedented dry run that has become a dark cloud hanging over the club as well as all associated therewith, and Moleko has since admitted to the exact extent of their lack of success on the pitch.

“I think [the trophy drought] is a little bit harsh, even for youngsters who are getting promoted to the first team, that we haven’t won anything. They are coming up and don’t know the taste [of winning silverware],” said Moleko.

“Because winning brings a certain happiness in the team, and people coming in can even smell that victory, which then pushes them to work harder because they are familiar with that taste.

“But now some of the guys are coming in and there’s nothing, so they still feel the same as they were at their previous clubs. So, for me, it’s pulling the team backwards.”

Amakhosi are still mathematically capable of competing for this season's league title, while they are arguably favouroites to go on and lift the Nedbank Cup, with a quarterfinal test against Cape Town City scheduled for later this month.

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