Kaizer Chiefs legend Neil Tovey says his former club played like they were scared to win the Absa Premiership in the bio-bubble and missed George Maluleka considerably.
The Amakhosi faithful are still reeling after watching Mamelodi Sundowns crowned Absa Premiership champions on the last day of an incredible season.
Sacked coach Ernst Middendorp's lack of plan B in tactics saw Amakhosi play to unnecessary draws as they continuously failed to penetrate defences since the PSL restart.
"Well, it looks like when they came out of this Covid they had no cohesion in their team, there was no creativity, and they weren't the same creative team that scored goals quite easily and put teams under pressure," Tovey tells KickOff.com.
"It looked like they were actually scared to win the league. The occasion got to them. I mean how many games did they have to play when they came out of lockdown? Eight? And I think they won two of them.
"Coming back from Covid they were the team that conceded the most number of goals. So that was one of the biggest problems. They just looked like they were very nervous in their approach."
The former Chiefs captain believes the club should have kept George Maluleka until the end of the season, even though he had signed a pre-contract with Sundowns.
"Yes, Maluleka signed a new contract with Sundowns but me as a coach, I would not have wanted him to go," Tovey says.
"I would have sat him down and said, 'Look, I realise that you are leaving but we are professionals, we expect you to honour your contract until the end of the season.'
"I would have also made it public to the fans that George is a professional player, we are a professional club, we want to keep him until the end of the season and he has given utmost dedication to winning the league championship.
"I don't think he had to leave. I think had they kept Maluleka until the end of the season, they would have won the league."
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