Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Gert Schalkwyk believes the suspension of the club's football manager Bobby Motaung will have an adverse effect on the team.
Chiefs are chasing the Premiership title and are currently four points ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the standings having played one game more.
With eight fixtures still to play, their position is precarious and Schalkwyk is concerned Motaung's suspension could derail their title bid.
"His suspension can affect the team. Bobby is a very good guy. He knows how to talk to the players, he encourages the players," Schalkwyk told SowetanLIVE.
"I feel his absence can have a negative impact. If you [are] close to someone, when he's not there you feel hapless. To be honest, I think Bobby is needed for these remaining games."
Motaung was suspended by the club after a video emerged of him breaking coronavirus lockdown protocols on the eve of the return of professional football in South Africa.
"Despite those videos, they need him. That's outside life. You can't judge him by those videos. The job he's been doing is amazing," said Schalkwyk.
"If you need something, you can always go to Bobby. He's like a father or brother to Chiefs players. Any problem that you have, you are able to talk to him about it."
- TEAMTalk media