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13 reasons Kaizer Chiefs are just like struggling Manchester United

10:49 BST 17/08/2022
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Both clubs are immensely popular but have fallen from grace over the past decade and appear to be in danger of slipping further behind their rivals

Football is not particularly fun for supporters of clubs like Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United these days.

Their respective struggles were highlighted last weekend when the Red Devils were humiliated 4-0 by Brentford, while Amakhosi were beaten by the same scoreline by Mamelodi Sundowns.

Scratch beneath the surface, and it seems the Soweto giants have quite a bit in common with the Old Trafford club, as GOAL highlights:

  • Kaizer Chiefs training 2020

    1. Fallen giants

    Back in the day, especially the 1990's and 2000's for Manchester United and the 1980's and 90's for Kaizer Chiefs, supporters of these two clubs were accustomed to seeing their teams winning silverware season after season. Not so any more as the trophies have dried up badly for both teams over the past seven or eight years.

  • Siyabonga Ngezana, Kaizer Chiefs & Gaston Sirino, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2022

    2. Self-destruct button

    United were 2-0 down in 18 minutes in west London last weekend, Chiefs were 2-0 down after 16 minutes in Pretoria, and all four goals were uncannily similar - awful defensive errors gifting the opponents goals. And these were not the first occasions; both clubs have frequently been guilty of these kind of errors for several years now.

  • Kaizer Chiefs team

    3. Player recruitment issues

    Neither club has been shy to go to market, but time after time, new signings have flopped, often at great expense. Many were questionable buys in the first place. Both teams are getting it wrong too often and this issue is one of the root problems for both Chiefs and United.

  • Kaizer Chiefs team 2022

    4. Panic buys

    Linked with recruitment issues - both teams seem to make a big fuss about signing players, only to miss out on their target and later to have to settle for second or third choice options, in some cases players past their prime.

  • Kaizer Chiefs Fans 2022

    5. Players over-staying

    Players on long contracts with high wages, and no longer contributing to the team, have proved difficult to move on at both teams and have created bloated, expensive-to-maintain squads.

  • Erick Mathoho Daniel Cardoso Bruce Bvuma

    6. Problems in defence

    Whether it's a Harry Maguire calamity or another error from the likes of Siyabonga Ngezana or Erick Mathoho, the respective defences have become increasingly shambolic over the past few years. Both teams have invested heavily and it's not for a lack of options, it just seems that they've brought in the wrong defenders.

  • Itumeleng Khune, Warriors, January 2022

    7. Uncertain captaincy

    Manchester United have a captain who should not command an automatic starting place and who does not command the respect of all his teammates. Chiefs have a captain, Itumeleng Khune, who does not make the match day squads any more. In his absence, there are few natural leaders in the current Chiefs squad and Keagan Dolly has almost been handed the armband by default in the lack of any other options.

  • Tinashe Nengomasha, Kaizer Chiefs, 2007

    8. Weak characters

    In Chiefs' teams of old, and certainly Man United sides under Sir Alex Ferguson, the squads were fill of battle-hardened, steely characters who were up for a fight. These days both sides have a very soft underbelly with few if any standout characters in either of the squads. Long gone are players like Tinashe Nengomasha.

  • Samir Nurkovic Kaizer Chiefs November 28

    9. Short a striker...after selling

    In an attempt to clear out deadwood - something both teams needed, it seems Amakhosi as well as Erik ten Hag's team have left themselves short up front of proper centre forwards, those in the targetman mould.

  • Bobby Motaung Kaizer Chiefs Arthur Zwane Dillon Sheppard Molefi Ntseki 2022

    10. Lack of clear structures

    The two clubs have been lacking in consistency and have only recently made inroads into forming a clearer hierarchy with regards top positions such as Sporting and/ or Technical Directors. They've been lagging behind their more successful rivals in terms of upper and boardroom management.

  • Gavin Hunt Kaizer Chiefs

    11. Change of coaches

    A constant chopping and changing of coaches has further muddied the waters and made it hard to get any kind of momentum going. With issues higher up the management chains, it's always going to be tough for whoever comes in, and we've seen how previously successful coaches such as Gavin Hunt and Jose Mourinho have struggled.

  • Jessica Motaung Kaizer Motaung Junior Kaizer Chiefs

    12. Ownership

    Kaizer Chiefs have attracted criticism for the family-run nature of the club. Many of the Red Devils supporters feel the Glazer family is behind their team's demise.

  • Kaizer Motaung Jr Chiefs supporters

    13. Club others love to hate

    With so many years of success, there was perhaps a certain amount of arrogance within both Chiefs and Manchester United supporters. They were the teams others loved to hate, and so their respective difficulties have been met with glee by rival fans.