Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has given his backing to under-fire coach Steve Komphela, ahead of Wednesday's clash with Bloemfontein Celtic.
The 32-year-old, who will have been a Chiefs player for 10 years in 2017, believes that Komphela is not to blame for the side's struggles in 2016/17.
He added that Wednesday's clash against Bloemfontein Celtic was crucial as the Naturena-based outfit looked to change the situation around.
He told the club's official website: "We are looking for a good game. We have been working hard at training to correct a few things and we are eyeing the three points.
"We, as players, are fully behind the coach. We are the ones that should turn things around and we plan to do that on Wednesday. The players must take responsibility.
"It's important to collect the points in these matches. It's not a good feeling to have dropped so many points, but we must just keep going."
Amakhosi will host Siwelele on Wednesday at FNB Stadium. The action gets underway from 19:30.