After a dismal showing over the past season, Kaizer Chiefs have decided not to hold their annual end-of-season award show, TimesLive reports.
Amakhosi are coming off a nightmarish campaign, capped by a humiliating defeat to first division outfit TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final, just after missing out on a top-eight finish in the league table.
Having won only nine league matches on their way to a paltry 39 points – their lowest tally in the PSL era – without any standout individual brilliance, club management has decided to forgo the -annual event once more, after doing so after the 2017/18 season.
This was confirmed by club spokesperson Vino Maphosa, who told the publication it was due to the underwhelming performances.
“There are no players awards planned for this season. Last year we did not have and that was due to underwhelming performances.”
Kaizer Chiefs worst season
Kaizer Chiefs finished ninth on the log, doing so for the third time since the PSL’s inaugural season in 1996.
The club managed just 33 league goals in 30 matches, with new signing Khama Billiat finishing as top goal-scorer with five goals.
This was after beginning their league campaign with a six-game winless streak, and ending it with seven without a victory, losing to Chippa United in the final game of the season to slip out of the top half of the table.
The cup final defeat that followed stretched their trophyless run, as they have now gone four years without silverware.
The finish was their worst since 2007, where they also ended up ninth, with current coach Ernst Middendorp – who had guided them to a top-eight title earlier – at the helm for the first half of the season.
The aftermath of the underwhelming showing has led to speculation over the German’s future, with Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy touted among possible replacements.