Kings began the 2018/19 campaign with three consecutive losses, and had to wait until match day seven before tasting their first win in a narrow 2-1 victory over neighbours Royal Eagles.
They currently languish in 13th position on the National First Division table with just nine points from their opening 10 games, a far cry from last season where they were at one point in the running for a promotion play-off berth before eventually finishing four points short in fourth place in the season-ending standings.
Following a 2-2 draw with Ajax Cape Town on the weekend, Dladla has pinpointed the main reason behind his team’s slow start this campaign.
“There’s been a huge change in personnel,” the head coach explained. “We lost Ricardo Goss who was our leader on the park – he commanded the defence and saw things before they happened and in the process, kept 11 clean sheets. So that was a massive loss. We lost Sello Motsepe, we lost Luckyboy Mokoena – both to Highlands Park – and Mondli Miya to Polokwane City, so we lost quite a few players, while others didn’t renew their contracts, so we’re a fairly new team.”
Dladla said he had hoped to gradually introduce his new players, yet this has not been the case.
“In our starting line-up, we average five new players,” he said. “I thought I would introduce those players gradually, but now I’ve had to field all of them, so that’s taken the sting out of our attack.”
Kings look to be back on track, having gone unbeaten in their last four games, recording two wins and two draws.
They are next in action at home to 14th-placed Cape Umoya United, who sit level on points with them, on Saturday afternoon.