Kaizer Chiefs undermined CAF Confederation Cup

Kaizer Chiefs undermined CAF Confederation Cup in favour of the Absa Premiership. Kaizer Chiefs head coach never bothered to travel to Abidjan, Ivory Coast where his side face Asec Mimosa. It was not only Stuart Baxter who was missing in action, Chiefs also sent the starting eleven and two substitutions,a goal keeper and one infield player.

Kaizer Chies v Asec MimosaThis together with their performance in the first leg which took place on April 20, 2014 at Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa clearly shows how little they care about this competition.

This would not be a problem if it wasn’t but it is. The overall growth of the South African and African football depends on clubs allowing themselves to grow beyond their comfort zones.

South Africa is among the most successful nations of the African continent, it boast all sorts of facilities and resources that are up to European, Asian and American standards.

The money in football has grown so much that domestic players have come so close to rock stars.

Yet the national team far less than mediocre, it is no where in the continent, much less in the world.

European football is flooded with African players but almost none from South Africa, this is all because of the behavior similar to that displayed by Kaizer Chiefs.

The sooner clubs like Kaizer Chiefs teach their players to respect the African continent and aspire to conquer it through football, the sooner players will aspire for more.

For Kaizer Chiefs to dismiss a CAF competition like this is particularly problematic because they provide a majority of the South African Men’s National Team players.

Yet these players are allowed and taught to show such disrespect to the continent’s football community.

How are other nations not to accuse South Africa and it’s arrogance if a big a respectable club like Chiefs is pulling stunts like these.

Chiefs did not send the coach and  a proper first team and lost by a goal, imagine what they would have done if they had.

Surely Chiefs would have managed to find a good and reasonable balance between these two games.

Player who traveled to Ivory Coast

Starting Eleven: Pieterse, Moleko, Mtsweni, Gould (c), Bukenya, Baloyi, Maluleka, Cele, Nkosi (came out for Gordinho), Rusike, Masango

Substitutions: Khuzwayo, Gordinho 70′ (came in for Nkosi)
Coach: Doctor Khumalo



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