'Chiefs not competing with PSL clubs'


Kaizer Chiefs are in no race with any of their Absa Premiership rivals and will focus solely on themselves, so says assistant coach Shaun Bartlett.

With one signing under the belt thus far, Chiefs have made relatively slow progress for a club looking to overhaul their squad following their dreadful 2018/19 campaign.

Considering how far off the pace Amakhosi were last season, plenty will be expected from coach Ernst Middendorp’s side to make up ground on the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, who will undoubtedly also be strengthening for next season.

But this does not put any pressure on Chiefs, according to the former Bafana Bafana assistant coach, who insists that the club are merely competing with the figure “in the mirror.”

“Whether it’s a match or it’s about signings, we’re not competing with anyone. We’ve got to make sure we do the proper things ourselves,” said Bartlett.

“We need to implement what we need to, like bring the youngsters in that’s necessary, and then focus on what we have to do.

“We fight with ourselves – like, you know that cliché. It’s the person you’re looking at in the mirror, and that for us is important.

“We’re not competing with any club in this league. We just want to make sure we can do our best and get the results needed.”