Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs defender Tsepo Masilela has called on Amakhosi supporters to support their striker Kingston Nkatha instead of killing the players' confidence every time he goes through a rough patch on the pitch.
The Zimbabwean international striker has always been a victim of a boo brigade in Amakhosi matches since last season, but has always done well to keep his confidence high.
Masilela told Sport24 in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the fans must support the team even when things are not going their way and they must stop making things worse by killing their striker's confidence.
The former Thanda Royal Zulu left-back also hinted that the Amakhosi players, management and technical team have always been supportive to the 29-year-old hard-working forward.
“To be booed by your own supporters is not a good thing at all,” said Masilela.
“As a player you will never know, maybe tomorrow it might be me going through that situation, because we all have off-days at times.
“Kingston (Nkatha) is a good player for the team and he is so brave.
“His work rate is second to none and he always tries his best whenever we play.
“Many players would tremble in his situation but his confidence is always up.
“And fortunately for him is that he has our support as his team-mates and the coach support him all the way.
“The fans must show support to the team and every player without booing us.
“When we are not doing well as a team, I think it would be better if they show a lot of support to motivate us, cheering us up instead of making things worse by killing our forward men's confidence.”
Nkatha is likely to lead Chiefs' attack when they face perennial rivals, Orlando Pirates, in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 15:30.