Daniels questions 'schoolboy' Chiefs

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Maritzburg United defender Clayton Daniels has questioned the way Kaizer Chiefs players have been performing lately.

Chiefs have endured one of the worth starts to a season in recent memory and embarrassingly languish in 14th place on the DStv Premiership log, just one point above the relegation zone.

Even the fact that they were up against former coach Ernst Middendorp failed to motivate the Soweto giants on Saturday as they continued their slump with a 2-0 defeat to Maritzburg United.

Daniels, who has recently bolstered the Team of Choice's defence, can't understand what's happening in Naturena either.

"First of all you know, I have to go give congratulations to the coach [Ernst Middendorp]," Daniels tells KickOff.com.

"You know he was the former coach of Kaizer Chiefs and you know what happened there, he almost won the league. But big compliments to him, he never used that emotion to say to us, 'Listen here, we are playing Kaizer Chiefs my former club or we almost won the league with them and they fired me.'

"He never used those emotions to motivate us you know. He is very matured in the game. Some other coaches would have done that."

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Saturday's result, again brought on by striker Judas Moseamedi, has left some of the club's fans wondering if they will be fighting relegation this season.

"No, I don't think they will be fighting relegation this season," says Daniels. "I think there's still a good team.

"It's just that I can't understand sometimes the mistakes that they make. Like look at our second goal, it's a long throw-in, the guy turns in the box and he shoots. You know it's schoolboys errors.

"Those are things you can't coach you know. You can't coach those things. But it's a lack of concentration and you switch off. At a club like Kaizer Chiefs and on that level, you can't be doing that. And for me, the players must take responsibility.

"But I don't think they're going to fight relegation. They must just change their mental approach to the games because there is quality in that team, there is talent there. It's just a mental approach towards the games."

Despite a performance that was painful to watch, the Bafana Bafana defender insists this is not the weakest Chiefs team he has ever played against.

"No, I won't say so," he adds. "I just think things were not really well on the day and it wasn't a good day at the office."

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