Kaizer Chiefs will be watching on from the side-lines when the top eight sides compete in the MTN8 this weekend and one star admitted it’s a big loss for the club.
Chiefs have started the 2019/20 season with two wins from two, and ordinarily would be amongst the favourites to go all the way in the first competition of the campaign.
However, having ended ninth in the previous season, Amakhosi now face a two-week break before returning to league action as the MTN8 quarterfinals take centre stage this weekend.
“It’s there and we’re not there, it’s reality. So, I think we’ve accepted in our mind that we’re not going to play MTN8,” insisted defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
“It’s not nice because we’re missing one more trophy to compete for, but there’s nothing we can do about it now so we have to accept it; it’s in the past now.”
With certain areas of their game still being tweaked by coach Ernst Middendorp, some may feel that their absence is somewhat of a blessing in disguise, but ‘Rama’ argues that R8-million is a big financial blow.
“It’s not a blessing in disguise. We really wanted to be in the top eight and compete, and work on our game. It’s also a lot of money that the club’s losing out on,” he added.
“But it’s difficult to win it also, because it’s pre-season and teams are still shaky, trying to organise themselves. But we’re not there so we can’t talk about MTN8 right now.”