Simo Dladla shoulders the blame for Real Kings' struggles


Dladla admits his poor decisions as a coach saw them go from finishing fourth last season to having a very poor current campaign.

"We are in this situation because of my failure to keep our top players, we didn't fight to keep them, this thing of selling our important players led us to lose our standard," Dladla tells

"There are also decisions I made which I can't talk about with you guys, but I'm confident we will survive."

Real Kings have a replay against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday after the original fixture was postponed due to bad weather at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, with Kings leading 2-1.

The coach said it was hard for the players to accept the decision but management had to come in to make them understand and help with the mental aspect.

"It was hard for us to accept but I told them the fact that we were leading shows that we can fight and survive relegation," Dladla said.

Dladla is hoping his players will produce the same sort of performance and win on Saturday to put pressure on Witbank Spurs and Ubuntu Cape Town who are also fighting to avoid relegation.

However, he understands it won't be easy as they are facing a side that are fighting for automatic promotion.

"We are hoping to have the same mentality we had last time, we need to attack them with all we have, they will come with same approach I know, it won't be easy," he added.

"We know a relegation will mean one thing, job losses to most of our people. We need to fight for our jobs and salaries."