Cape Town - Chippa United winger Nkosinathi Mthiyane believes head coach Dan Malesela deserves a lot of credit for the club's impressive showing last season.
The former AmaZulu midfielder, who joined the Chilli Boys along with Philani Shange from AmaZulu this past season, helped the club to finish sixth - the first time they have finished in the Premiership top eight in their history.
The 27-year-old has also praised the club owners for sticking by Malesela, after they tended to chop and change coaches in previous campaigns.
"I think as players we were dedicated and working together and listening to the coach regarding what he wanted," Mthiyane told Vodacom Soccer.
"I think that was what worked for us as a team and also the way he wanted us to play.
"We tried his philosophy, we quickly got to grips with what he wanted and we connected pretty well."
The former Thanda Royal Zulu star is adamant that the past season is not a one-hit wonder and promised there is more to come from Chippa United.
"What I can say is that if we can double the effort we had, there is more that we can compete for next season," he added.
"I feel there is plenty we can do. Yes the club had some internal issues, but we didn't bother ourselves with it."