Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Isaac ‘Yster’ Mabotsa says he does not see the Soweto giants doing well in the upcoming CAF Champions League with their current group of youngsters.
Due to a FIFA transfer ban, Chiefs have been unable to strengthen their squad and as a result have turned to some of their MultiChoice Diski Challenge stars.
The Phefeni Glamour Boys will begin their 2020/21 campaign with a preliminary fixture against Cameroonian champions PWD Bamenda on the weekend of 27-29 November in Cameroon.
Mabotsa was a member of the Chiefs team that won the African Cup Winners’ Cup (Mandela Cup) with only 15 registered players to choose from after beating InterClube of Angola 1-0 at Ellis Park to win 2-1 on aggregate
“They have to go since you know they can’t sign any players you understand,” Mabotsa tells KickOff.com.
“But for me, my opinion, because if you check at moment it will take time for them to be able to compete in the Champions League you understand. Because they’ve got youngsters who don’t have that much of an experience. If you check again the senior players are not performing.
“It will be difficult, it will be really, really hard for them to compete there. Yes, they do have a team but at the moment Gavin Hunt is playing the youngsters.
“For me those boys are still [too] young to play in the Champions League. In my opinion I don’t see them progressing to the latter stages. I don’t think that team is ready to compete in the Champions League.
“I don’t know… what I’ve been asking myself is where is that team that came second last season? Yes, [Samir] Nurkovic is injured but all of them they are still there. Yes, it’s nice to give the youngsters a chance to play but where has that team gone to?
“Yes, they flopped in the last minute but they were playing well and they were producing results. But I don’t see that team this season and I don’t understand what’s happening.”