Brandon Truter: Ruzaigh Gamildien needed to refocus after failed Kaizer Chiefs move

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The two clubs had previously reached an agreement for the transfer of the 32-year-old, who produced his best goalscoring form with 11 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions last season.

A dream move for the attacker soon turned into a nightmare, however, with Chiefs backtracking on their agreement in principle following the appointment of Stuart Baxter.

Truter, speaking ahead of an MTN8 quarter-final tie against Orlando Pirates, admitted that he needed to have a word with Gamildien in order for the striker to regain his focus.

"I think he was obviously disappointed. More than half of South African footballers, as youngsters, it is their dream to play for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs," the Swallows boss said.

"I had to do some talking to, sit him down and get him to focus again. We had to look at the pros and cons of joining Chiefs.

"We had to remind him that here at Swallows he has some stability as well because of the performances he gave last season.

"He will have [Mwape] Musonda and [Kagiso] Malinga to push him as well, you can see the level of competition at training.

"They all want to start and play. And for the coaching staff, it is a massive headache. But, he is focused and there is no time to be relaxed, he has to get on with it."

16. Sekhukhune United – Chippa United, Maritzburg
16. Sekhukhune United – Chippa United, Maritzburg United, Stellenbosch, Baroka & Golden Arrows
15. Baroka FC – Marumo Gallants, Kaizer Chiefs, Ma
15. Baroka FC – Marumo Gallants, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United, Sekhukhune United & AmaZulu
14. Stellenbosch FC – Orlando Pirates, TS Galaxy,
14. Stellenbosch FC – Orlando Pirates, TS Galaxy, Sekhukhune United, Cape Town City & Chippa United
=12. Cape Town City – SuperSport United, Bloemfont
=12. Cape Town City – SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic, Marumo Gallants, Stellenbosch & Swallows
=12. Orlando Pirates – Stellenbosch, Marumo Gallan
=12. Orlando Pirates – Stellenbosch, Marumo Gallants, Swallows, Chippa United & Mamelodi Sundowns
11. Maritzburg United – Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune
11. Maritzburg United – Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune United, Baroka, Marumo Gallant & SuperSport United
=8. Chippa United – Sekhukhune United, Mamelodi Su
=8. Chippa United – Sekhukhune United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Pirates & Stellenbosch
=8. Bloemfontein Celtic – Swallows, Cape Town City
=8. Bloemfontein Celtic – Swallows, Cape Town City, Chippa United, Kaizer Chiefs & TS Galaxy
=8. Golden Arrows – Maritzburg United, SuperSport
=8. Golden Arrows – Maritzburg United, SuperSport United, TS Galaxy, AmaZulu & Sekhukhune United
7. Kaizer Chiefs – TS Galaxy, Baroka, Mamelodi Sun
7. Kaizer Chiefs – TS Galaxy, Baroka, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloemfontein Celtic & Marumo Gallants
6. Marumo Gallants (formerly TTM) – Baroka, Orland
6. Marumo Gallants (formerly TTM) – Baroka, Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City, Maritzburg United & Kaizer Chiefs
5. TS Galaxy – Kaizer Chiefs, Stellenbosch, Golden
5. TS Galaxy – Kaizer Chiefs, Stellenbosch, Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns & Bloemfontein Celtic
4. Mamelodi Sundowns – AmaZulu, Chippa United, Kai
4. Mamelodi Sundowns – AmaZulu, Chippa United, Kaizer Chiefs, TS Galaxy & Orlando Pirates
3. SuperSport United – Cape Town City, Golden Arro
3. SuperSport United – Cape Town City, Golden Arrows, AmaZulu, Swallows & Maritzburg United
2. Swallows – Bloemfontein Celtic, AmaZulu, Orland
2. Swallows – Bloemfontein Celtic, AmaZulu, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United & Cape Town City
1. AmaZulu – Mamelodi Sundowns, Swallows, SuperSpo
1. AmaZulu – Mamelodi Sundowns, Swallows, SuperSport United, Golden Arrows & Baroka
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