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Hlatshwayo: Teams have worked Chiefs out

Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo says that teams have worked Kaizer Chiefs out and are reaping the rewards.

Having led the log by 11 points going in to the new year, the Amakhosi have seen that advantage cut to four points with defeats to SuperSport United and bogey team Maritzburg United in 2020.

And Hlatshwayo believes Chiefs have been guilty of being one-dimensional and not being able to adapt their game when teams nullify their route-one football.

“What you need in the PSL is to make sure it is exciting … we have seen that most of the teams can see now where the threat of Chiefs is," Hlatshwayo said on The Citizen.

"They are a threat at set-pieces, but we are also good at set-pieces, and they have to come here, and we have to go to them. We also still have to go to [Orlando] Pirates.

“Sundowns are also there, like Pitso [Mosimane] says Gavin [Hunt] has to do something."

The Clever Boys skipper said the new trend in football these days is for the wing-backs to provide the most threat going forward and this is being reflected in the PSL.

“Yes, teams are closing the supply. You think the supply comes from the wingers, but they are actually tucking inside and it comes from the wing-backs," he continued.

“Reeve [Frosler] can play right-wing, right-back and put in a good cross. When you look at it you think Nurkovic is a striker but he is actually a left-winger and making his runs late.

Hlatshwayo also commented on having to play at right-back since the arrival of Lorenzo Gordinho from Chiefs.

"There is space between the wing-back and the centre back, that is the space they are looking for and we have to prepare," he added.

"It is probably why I have been moved to right back to deal with that situation."

Wits' next game is against Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday.