Rhoo: Why the big three are struggling


Leeds United and Kaizer Chiefs legend Lucas 'Rhoo' Radebe says playing in empty stadiums is contributing to the 'big three' not being able to produce their best football.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the South African government has ordered all professional sports matches to be played behind closed doors.

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Since the beginning of last season's bio-bubble, the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have been struggling to dish out beautiful football.

"No but I think it's an issue for everyone to be honest," Radebe tells KickOff.com.

"Yes the small teams they can benefit because they are used to playing in front of sometimes very small crowds. But clubs like Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs you can see that they are affected badly because of the inspiration and support from the fans. So I think as individuals you feed from the fans in terms of courage and encouragement on the field, and in terms of performance.

"I mean it's a struggle even if you see Man United in England. It shows the significance of the fans in the stadium. I mean the fans are a huge part of our game. I mean during my playing days, I wasn't really motivated that much you know playing in an empty stadium. Not even empty, but less fans.

"I mean remember the days when the national team was not doing well we had a problem in terms of support. Imagine playing at FNB Stadium and there's only 50 supporters. You know it demoralises and it affects players in a different way."

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When asked why the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns are sitting on top of the DStv Premiership log table if that was the case, he explains: "Ja but it doesn't mean Sundowns are playing well or they are not affected, it's just that they get the results you know.

"And obviously with Chiefs struggling to get results, I mean they are unable to sign players. Gavin [Hunt], it's going to be a struggle for him to get the club to the level that it needs to be."

'Rhoo' advises Amakhosi not to put themselves under unnecessary pressure this season but instead says they should concentrate on building for next season when they will be allowed to bring in new players.

"I think that's it. I think this is the season where, especially clubs like Kaizer Chiefs, can use it to get back to regrouping and putting things in place to get the club back to winning ways, which is the advantage they can take from this struggle without the fans and without inspiration. Yes, no pressure but as players they perform better when there's supporters behind them."

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