...By Muyiwa Aderinto for TDPel Media.
David Kannemeyer’s Critique of Kaizer Chiefs: Lessons in Success from Sundowns
Legendary South African defender David Kannemeyer has expressed his concerns about the struggles of Kaizer Chiefs and criticized the club’s management.
Kannemeyer, who played for Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, believes that the problems at Naturena extend beyond the performance on the field.
In an interview with FARPost, he emphasized the need for Chiefs to learn from their rivals, particularly Sundowns.
Kannemeyer strongly criticized the bosses at Chiefs for their lack of proper planning and emphasized the importance of having a long-term plan in place.
He suggested that Chiefs should focus on establishing an effective scouting department and revisiting their long-term strategies in order to regain their past glory.
The club has recently faced another trophyless campaign under coach Arthur Zwane, which has led to frustration among the supporters.
According to Kannemeyer, one of the major differences between Chiefs and Sundowns is the presence of a long-term plan at the latter.
Sundowns’ dominance in domestic competitions over the past five seasons can be attributed to their well-structured approach and recruitment of quality players.
Kannemeyer believes that Chiefs should study Sundowns’ model and strive for similar success by investing in a strong scouting system and carefully selecting players who fit their style of play.
While Chiefs have struggled to lift silverware for eight seasons, Sundowns have experienced a remarkable run of success, winning 14 trophies including seven league titles, a CAF Champions League trophy, a CAF Super Cup, an MTN8 title, two Nedbank Cups, and two Telkom Knockout Cups.
Kannemeyer emphasized that Chiefs, despite their financial resources, need to improve their scouting system and player recruitment in order to compete at the same level as Sundowns.
David Kannemeyer’s remarks highlight the concerns surrounding Kaizer Chiefs and their struggles to achieve success. As a former player for both Chiefs and Sundowns, his insights carry weight and offer valuable perspectives on the contrasting approaches of the two clubs.
The lack of a long-term plan and effective scouting system at Chiefs seems to be a key issue hindering their progress.
Kannemeyer’s comments serve as a reminder to Chiefs’ management of the importance of strategic planning and the need to learn from successful clubs like Sundowns.
Only by addressing these underlying issues can Chiefs hope to regain their former glory and compete for titles in the future.