Chiefs players to blame for struggles

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A Kaizer Chiefs legend has laid the blame for the club's early struggles on the players instead of head coach Stuart Baxter.

This is according to 1998/99 KickOff Footballer of the Season Mohammed 'Silce' Ouseb.

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Chiefs have garnered a mere five points from a possible 15 in their first five DStv Premiership matches after having also crashed out of the MTN8.

"Blaming the coach is not my thing because I believe football is a team sport involving players and the coach," Ouseb tells

"Everyone must contribute. The technical team can contribute by coming up with whatever philosophy and tactical plans but when as players when we get onto the pitch it means our responsibility is more than the technical team.

"I feel like players need to take more responsibility when they are on the pitch. It is just that the nature of this game is such that players can mess up on the pitch including those that we know are good enough to win us games, but fingers will still be pointed to the coach.

"It is the nature of the coach’s job and that is what they must deal with. For me, it is way too early to press panic buttons. Yes, it is disappointing to lose 4-1 against Royal AM and who do we blame if we are taking that path. Do we blame the coach or the players?

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"Personally, I blame the players because the goals we conceded were pathetic. Even when you commit players upfront chasing the game you must also remember the defensive duties so that is why I’m saying players need to take responsibility as well.

"They should make decisions on the field of play because we have experienced players. They should be able to stand up and take the responsibility.

"For example, we have a defender that we know can defend in one versus one situation and the day of the match fails to do that. Who do we blame there? The coach? No. Everybody must take the responsibility.

"I think the administrators of the club are trying to do their best to make this team better. They brought in players and the technical team believe they are doing their best during the week at training. We played well and beat Baroka and then go on to lose against Royal AM at a time when I thought nothing had changed in terms of tactical plans.

"If one or two players fail on the field the whole team can suffer so players must take that responsibility as well. For me it is too early to press panic buttons and the coach should be given a chance to continue with what he has started though at some point we have to say enough is enough if the results continue this way."

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