Former Amakhosi midfielder Frank 'Disco' Makua has outlined why he doesn't believe Kabelo Mahlasela has failed yet at Kaizer Chiefs.
The 28-year-old former Bloemfontein Celtic attacker joined Polokwane City on loan for the rest of the season after struggling to cement a regular place even on the Amakhosi bench this season.
Mahlasela, who made his debut for Rise and Shine over the weekend, has played only 17 games since his arrival at Naturena from Siwelele during the January transfer window of the 2017/18 season.
But Makua believes coaches at Chiefs failed to play the skilful player to his strength.
"I don't think he failed per se, it's just that he got there at the wrong time," Makua tells KickOff.com.
"Chiefs during that period were desperate for results, and coming from a team like Bloemfontein Celtic... you know playing for a big team like Kaizer Chiefs obviously they expect a lot from you. They expect you to deliver you see, only to find that this thing of adjusting held him back a little.
"But to me he is a good player. Given a fair chance he can deliver on the day. But now you know playing for a big team like Chiefs you have to give your all, they expect results, they don't expect you to get there and be a player that needs to learn a lot of stuff, you understand?
"They expect you to be ready and rise to the occasion during difficult times... but him I think that's what gave him a problem. But he is still young, he's still got time, I think this loan will help him to get regular game-time, and then from there he will become a better player.
"I think to me... maybe the philosophy of the coach, the coach was under pressure to get results and he wanted those players who can give him what he was looking for.
"If you can check Mahlasela's style of play, he is the kind of player that will give you that flair you see, the player who can't play basic football like one-touch, two-touch... you restrict such a player and he won't be able to do that.
"You find that there must be a game-plan, the team must have a structure and play according to what the coach wants. So coming from Bloemfontein Celtic, he played the way he wanted to play, they gave him that free role... so I think that's what beat him to adjust.
"He is not a bad player. He can go and maybe try his luck at Polokwane City, he will get some game-time and come back to Chiefs a better player."
It is not yet clear whether Mahlasela will be able to make his way back to Naturena at the end of his loan deal as his contract with Chiefs is believed to be expiring in June this year.