‘People complain about everything’

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs’ four new signings may not be what many would have expected, but Josta Dladla says there will always be something to complain about.

Chiefs have roped in Zambian striker Lazarous Kambole, Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei, Serbian Samir Nurkovic and South African-born Kearyn Baccus, who has been based in Australia since the age of eight.

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While these may be some reputable signings, none of them have actually played in South Africa before and thus many would argue that they are not guaranteed to slot in, while others would read into the club’s failure to see value in local stars.

When asked whether this had been noted by him, Dladla defended that the club have not turned a blind eye to local talent – pointing to recently promoted Happy Mashiane, but also stressed that management will always know best and people will always find faults therein.

“It’s management’s choice to buy whoever they want. If they believe they’ve got better players overseas, there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Dladla.

“I mean, there is talent in South Africa – you saw {Happy] Mashiane getting promoted from the junior sides last season, and there are a lot of youngsters coming through.

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“So, it would be unfair for me to say there’s no talent in South Africa, [because] I’m South African as well – I come from here and I was created, born and bred here.

“It’s only a matter of time until that talent is found. But people complain about everything. You can buy a white car and they’ll say, ‘why didn’t you buy a black one?’

“So, it’s just what the management believes is good for the team, and they are always going to go out and find it.”

Whether their investment in players untested in the PSL will pay off, only time will tell. But supporters will not be patient given the frustration of the past four seasons without silverware.

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