Cape Town - Maritzburg United midfielder Kurt Lentjies has laid the blame for the club's poor start to the season squarely at the feet of the senior members of the squad.
The Team of Choice are rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table, having failed to win a single one of their opening six league games this term. Their only point so far came from a draw with newly-promoted Jomo Cosmos on the opening day of the season.
The abysmal start comes as a major shock after the club finished eighth last season, but their early form also saw them knocked out of MTN8 in the first round by Kaizer Chiefs.
"You can only point one finger and that's towards the senior players, because we are there to motivate the younger guys," Lentjies told the club's website.
"They are new in the game, they don't know what it's like. It's up to us to stay positive and just to work together and to motivate the younger guys. We draw our energy from them, and vice versa.
"We started badly and I feel in some games we were very unlucky. In some games small things turned it against us.
"If I can pin-point one game, I think its only the Wits game away from home where we have played badly. The other games I think we've played fairly well. We've addressed what needs to be fixed," he concluded.