Zambia head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has offered sense to the struggles of players like Lazarous Kambole and Godfery Walusimbi at Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership.
With the exception of a head injury in 25 January, Kambole is yet to score in 11 Chiefs appearances since joining from Zesco United in July 2019.
"Just one hour after I arrived in Ndola, where Kambole excelled before Chiefs, I noticed there is a difference in playing at Levy Mwanawasa and playing at FNB [Stadium]," Sredojević told KickOff.
"Difference also from a point of demands that are expected of them, players here are also used more freely and given more opportunity to express themselves.
"It's true it's not easy to adjust but that does not mean he's a bad player, this is the same Kambole that destroyed Kaizer Chiefs in Confederation Cup, you get my point?"
The Serbian coach proceeded to give another example of a failed adjustment in former Chiefs defender Walusimbi. The Ugandan international made a highly publicized moved from Gor Mahia in August 2018 before leaving five months later with 17 appearances to show.
"For example, one player who was playing in Chiefs, Walusimbi, in two matches he put Mo Salah in his pocket," added Micho.
"He did not touch the ball, Mohamed Salah, one of three of the best players in Africa at present. This happened in national team matches, then he comes to Chiefs and they couldn't keep him for five months.
"People could not just jump to the conclusion that players coming to South Africa are not up to standard, it's not easy to come and immediately re-adjust and re-align and show the people your quality.
"Every player, no matter who you are, needs a period of acclimatisation and Kambole is no different, he's got a big heart and I give him total confidence that he'll pull up his socks to show why he's rated as one of the best players in Southern Africa.
"In life, it's very important that when you join a new club you need to click with culture and traditions and lifestyle, style of football, you need everything to click quickly and that you fit into the puzzle of the team."
The 50-year-old did not conclude his views without mentioning a successful case. Chiefs top striker Samir Nurkovic arrived from Slovakia to immediate success...
"This hasn't happened for him but this doesn't mean someone could have judgements that he's not up to standard. My countrymate, for example, Samir Nurkovic, nobody knows his life story the way I know.
"But he has come from the second division of Slovakia and succeeded to adjust to PSL and now he's one of the best players in the league.
"So football, it's a funny tricky and unpredictable game where you never know when a player could click with the situation when he arrives,” concluded the coach.
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