‘It’s up to Parker, Katsande and Khune’

A former Kaizer Chiefs defender has reflected on his generation that won four trophies in three years and emphasised the role of the current crop of senior players.

Chiefs are currently in their fifth season since winning their last trophy back in 2014/15 and have already written off the MTN8 from their targets after failing to qualify last season.

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The club is enduring its worst dry run in its history, and though plenty of talk has taken place, little has materialised in the way of producing results on the field of play.

While they’ve started the 2019/20 brightly – with two wins from two – ex-Amakhosi defender Tsepo Masilela has refused to read much into it just yet.

“It’s still early days. Maybe after five games you can have more of a picture of where they’re going, but I can’t say I’m seeing different or new things. Let them play and we’ll see how it pans out,” said Masilela.

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Asked whether he believes the current generation matches up to his own, during the Stuart Baxter era, the 34-year-old refused to compare but stressed the role the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande need to play.   

“I don’t know where to start but, with our generation, maybe we had more senior players and more leaders in that team,” Masilela added.

“If you check, we had the likes of Morgan [Gould], Pa [Gaxa], Tefu [Mashamaite] – we had leaders. With this group they still have Bernard Parker, Willard Katsande, Itu Khune is there. So, it’s for them to try and help the youngsters to hit the ground running.

“But to say my generation was better than this, I would be lying. I don’t want to compare generations, I’m not one to feel like it’s my place to do that.

“Let’s just wish the current team all the best and let them also enjoy their time and try to bring back the smiles to the supporters.”

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