By Oscar Rusenga
TRIANGLE – Kelvin Kaindu arrived with a bang at Triangle last year, but it appears the Zambian gaffer is now losing the support of the fans.
Defensively, Triangle have looked woeful in recent weeks, while their midfield and attack has also suffered, too.
The Lowveld side have scored just one goal in the last six games in all competitions and conceded 10, with five coming in one match on Saturday against Harare City.
Some fans feel Kaindu made a mistake by releasing defensive midfielder Charles Makoto during the mid-season transfer window and not recruiting anyone to cover for that position.
The club have suffered every time Tichaona Chipunza has been out on national duty or out of form.
“KK must shoulder the blame, everyone gets surprised to see Charles Rukwanhi keeping his place despite a continued run of poor form when we have the likes of experienced Chasten Ngondonga, William Mapfumo and young Derwin Phiri who can do better in any defensive position,” said one fan.
“These situations are allowed to exist because the manager stands by them.
“We have conceded too many goals in the second half of the season and already lost more games compared to first round and I don’t believe it’s because of the players.
“The players are being blamed for being chosen by him, overplayed by him and being played out of position by him.”
Triangle’s attacking quartet of Makundika Sakala, Felix Kuswatuka, Courage Denias and Tawanda Muyendi have managed to find the back of the net only six times.
They have lacked the fire-power that was in the side when Richard Kawondera, their leading marksman, was still with the team.
The Triangle executive must also take a fair share of the blame for letting their best players go for free and signing players who cannot even make it into the team.
“There must be something that has been changed and it’s difficult to point out exactly what it is but I think the change of training programme has had an impact on our change of fortunes,” said a club executive member who chose to remain anonymous.
“We also hear there are divisions (Team Zuze and Team KK) in the camp. They are getting their bonuses, salaries and player welfare remains the same and so I think we are doing our best for the team.”