Another defeat for Kaizer Chiefs has left their fans deeply disappointed and, unfortunately, this disappointment has once again led to violent misconduct. The target of their frustration this time is coach Molefi Ntseki, who has only been with the team for three months.
The scene was reminiscent of a previous incident at Mbombela Stadium when Chiefs were defeated by TS Galaxy. In a 1-0 loss to SuperSport United, fans protested and demanded Ntseki’s departure, just as they did after the previous defeat.
🔴NTSEKI MUST GO🔴 Kaizer Chiefs’ Football Manager, Bobby Motaung, attempted to calm the club’s angry supporters following their recent defeat against SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Amakhosi suffered a 1-0 loss against United. Motaung… pic.twitter.com/q2W2C6Lbqc
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This is not the first time that Chiefs fans have taken their disappointment out on the coaching staff. Last season, a disturbing incident occurred at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium when then-coach Arthur Zwane was injured by objects thrown by fans.
He was accidentally hit by a police officer’s shield while being escorted off the field.
As a result of the Mbombela incident, Chiefs faced disciplinary action from the PSL. They admitted to charges of supporter misconduct and were fined, with part of the fine being suspended on the condition that they avoid similar incidents for the next two years. Additionally, the club has committed to educating their fans on acceptable behaviour.
Efforts to calm the disgruntled fans were led by team manager Bobby Motaung, but unfortunately, his attempts were unsuccessful and he too became a target of their frustrations.
In contrast, coach Molefi Ntseki remained calm and composed amidst the chaos. Speaking to the media after being escorted off the field by security forces, he expressed understanding for the fans’ disappointment.
He acknowledged that the team’s performance has not met expectations and that fans naturally want to see their team win. However, he emphasized that the team is strong and the players are giving their best.
Chiefs’ next game is an MTN8 semi-final second-leg clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday. It remains to be seen how the team will bounce back from this defeat and whether coach Ntseki will be able to win back the support of the fans.