Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says that as the team's leader it is important for him to remain positive and to retain hope.
Amakhosi's 1-0 defeat to Chippa United on Wednesday made it five league games without a victory, following four successive draws before the Chilli Boys loss.
Although the Glamour Boys are only three points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, it has been a testing period for the Soweto side.
Komphela feels it's his responsibility to keep the spirits up as Chiefs look to bounce back to winning ways, starting with Saturday evening's clash away to Platinum Stars.
"At our position, you can't think like everybody else. In as much as you feel an element of frustration, you can’t show frustration. You have to keep working on this," the former Amakhosi defender told KickOff website.
"You are the last one to lose hope; you are the last to show frustration, because at the back of whatever your actions or reactions, there are players, supporters, everybody, so you are the first one who must always give hope.
"That requires strength – you must be very strong to withstand that. But there's a need for us to take these chances, there's no match we play in which we don't get chances, and clear-cut chances that you're saying, 'but when [are we] to hit the back of the net?'
"But you can't lose hope, you can never. You have to keep working and remain hopeful forever, irrespective of the circumstances," he added.