Maponyane gives hope to Chiefs


Kaizer Chiefs legend Marks 'Go Man Go' Maponyane feels the club's FIFA transfer ban should not be viewed with despair but a blessing for the current players.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the Glamour Boys' appeal against a two-window transfer ban earlier this week.

But the former Chiefs jersey number seven feels there is something good that might come out of the whole situation, even while Amakhosi fans reel after a 3-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates in the MTN8.

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"Not really, because these things happen," responds Maponyane when asked by if losing the appeal meant the club should temper their hopes of challenging for silverware this season.

"They are not the first ones to experience it. What they need to do is to adjust. It happened to a few teams, you can recall the likes of Barcelona and plenty others you know. You need to adjust and leave with what you have.

"I mean if you are not going to be able to sign in two window periods, it's just like any other plan that didn't come together. It doesn't mean you should die now. You can't say just because this didn't happen, I'm going to fail."

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Maponyane explains: "You can get the best from what you have. I mean if they play well and win games, do you know that we will forget about this [ban]. It's human nature [laughs].

"But overall, it's not an outcry, you just need to shift your mindset. This is the time when the players will say, 'Yes, we are guaranteed of our stay here, let's take advantage of it, maybe this window period would have meant some of us may have to go to accommodate the new ones.'

"This window period that has been denied the club has given them a lifeline. Look at it as a player and say this is a lifeline. That's how I would like to motivate them.

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"I know for the coach it's an inconvenience you know, but for them it's a lifeline. It's like, 'Guys, we are now on our own, we cannot go to any outsider to help us.'

"I think sometimes this signing of new players is overrated. Sometimes you sign and they go 'aah these three signings, they were a waste of money' [laughs] and the expensive ones they just don't ignite and meet expectations.

"Good will come out of this, I can tell you this much. But only if the players are thinking the way I'm thinking of it."

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