Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs club captain Siphiwe Tshabalala has admitted his side failed to live up to expectations this season, but insists they will come back stronger next season.
In Steve Komphela's first season at Amakhosi it was always going to be a case of filling the big boots of former coach Stuart Baxter, whose departure left a huge void at the club following his success with the Soweto giants.
And as the season draws to a close, 'Shabba' has come out to defend his side despite their failure to appease their loyal fans.
"It has not been a great season for us, no doubt," he said at the Carling Black Label cup launch.
"We didn't win any trophy. But it was not the worst. We did our best, but it was simply not good enough.
"We had a great run in the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout, only to lose out in the finals. Even in the league race, it's not like we were that bad. We accept we could have done better though."
The midfielder believes it was just one of those seasons to forget as the faintest of margins saw them draw too many games, and at crucial stages of the season luck simply deserted them when it usually favored them in past seasons.
Shabba has now tipped the Glamour Boys to come back stronger alongside Komphela in the 2016/17 campaign.
"We dropped too many points, especially in games which looked winnable.
"We could have been more ruthless in front of goal and definitely defended better on certain occasions. But these are lessons to take into the next season," he added.
"Definitely next season we will come back more determined. I'm certain we'll also have a better team. We now know what the coach wants and we'll make sure we respond positively to his philosophy."