Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mayo is
doing his best to shift the blame off the coach and onto the players
following a run of poor form.
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Amakhosi have lost three of their last five matches and needed
extra-time to defeat lowly Tornado FC in their recent Nedbank Cup tie. Then
on Wednesday, another blunder from goalkeeper Virgil Vries saw them
lose to Cape Town City at home in the league.
As such, Mato believes it's hardly Ernst Middendorp's fault.
"We cannot always blame the coach because the players are the ones
committing mistakes on the field of play and they will be under attack
against Pirates if they do not improve," the former defender told Goal.
"I saw the game and the error by the goalkeeper. It is disappointing
to be honest and I expected Vries to improve as he is getting regular
"I think they need a good keeper on the level of Itumeleng Khune
because he has left a huge gap in that defence. On the other hand, the
defenders are also not vocal enough to ensure everyone remains focused.
"I always say they need to improve their communication, but it
seems things are getting worse because they need to collect points and
that game was all about getting a point if they fail to win."