Mlungisi ‘Professor’ Ngubane believes something went wrong at Kaizer Chiefs ever since Shaun Bartlett stopped standing up during matches.
Ernst Middendorp’s side lost their clear advantage in the title race after losing 1-0 to Bidvest Wits on Sunday afternoon and have now failed to win their last four Absa Premiership games.
Chiefs have thrown away a lead that once stood at 10 points at the top of the table but have been helped by the fact that Mamelodi Sundowns have been unable to capitalise, also losing 1-0 to Baroka FC on Sunday evening.
“There’s something wrong at Chiefs, I don’t know. There’s a change at Chiefs,” Mlungisi tells KickOff.com.
“Bartlett is no more standing up like he used to. Now he sits until the game is over. Somebody said something to him, that, ‘I’m the coach, you can’t just go and stand.’
“When Chiefs were shining, scoring, performing, Bartlett was always on his feet. Now Bartlett is sitting down, no more performance. That’s my opinion.”
‘Professor’ also criticised the performances of Zimbabwean star Khama Billiat, who is the highest-paid player in the PSL.
“Billiat is playing like a player who came here having reduced his age,” Mlungisi reckons.
“Now he’s trying but it’s no longer happening. Maybe he is not even 29. He can’t play like this. Earning so much money and you play like that? The heart and the mind wants to do it but the body refuses.”