The call to rebuild Kaizer Chiefs and get rid of some senior players is gaining momentum this season after a poor start, but one former player believes Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande still have a lot to offer.
Amakhosi are approaching six years without a trophy, their longest spell without silverware, and many supporters including former players have been vocal about many of the veterans in the team including long-serving goalkeeper Khune.
Khune is widely seen as one of the greatest talents ever to don the gold and black but in the past two seasons he has been struggling with injuries and erratic form, which on occasion has cost the team.
With the likes of Katsande and Parker also struggling to repeat the kind of performances that made them household names, there is a growing feeling that perhaps it is time for fresh blood in Naturena.
But exciting former midfielder Rene Richards believes they still deserve another chance.
"With Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande they did a very good service for the team, if you look at over the years the positives overcome the negatives when it comes to them," Richards tells KickOff.com.
"They've done so well for the team, despite the recent performances. I would like to see them getting a last chance to end their careers at the club on a positive note, especially for what they've done during their long service."
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Richards admits that with youngsters such as Njabulo Blom, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Happy Mashiane improving with every game this season and playing a huge role in giving Chiefs their third victory of the season against Cape Town City last weekend, it will force the senior players to do more to impress the management to give them another season.
"However, that [extending their contracts] will depend on how they negotiate with the team and how they play from now till the end of the season," he adds.
"But for me, looking at what they've done for the team they should stay for another season."