Ex-Kaizer Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy has explained why he feels Amakhosi could have an edge in the Absa Premiership title race this season.
The Soweto giants currently sit at the summit of the standings, following a good start to the campaign before the international break. They won three and drawn one of their four league matches.
They have, though, kept just one clean sheet, conceding four goals, which will no doubt be a concern for coach Ernst Middendorp. Despite a shaky defence, McCarthy is confident Amakhosi has enough in their backline to win the title.
Asked if he thought the club should have bolstered their defence before the close of the transfer window on Monday, McCarthy said: "No no no, not at all." He tells KickOff.com.
"I think they have enough. It's just about staying injury free. The guys must stay injury free, and they must find the right combination among themselves, and they must just work hard to try and not concede a goal in the games you know, that will come with confidence. I think there was no need to add any defender onto the current crop that are there you know.
"Ja look mistakes is part of the game, they must just minimize it, and just try not to make mistakes in the goal area. In the crucial area you know, crucial times. But as I'm saying that comes obviously with the trust among themselves, and obviously to minimise mistakes as much as possible.
“If you don't concede goals as early as the league is starting, the chances of challenging for honours in the second round of the season are very good. Yes I believe [the defence can win them the league]. I have faith and trust in them, [Kgotso] Moleko, Rama [Mphahlele], [Daniel] Cardoso, [Lorenzo] Gordinho is back, [Mulomowandau] Mathoho his form is coming back. Definitely the team is going to challenge for the league honours this season. We are in the mix."
Chiefs next host Polokwane City on September 14 at FNB Stadium (18h00).