Knox Mutizwa has made the astonishing admission that the Golden Arrows players didn’t work hard enough for Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Abafana Bes’thende were enjoying a strong start to their season under Khenyeza and Vusumuzi Vilakazi before the latter’s abrupt departure.

A run of 10 successive defeats prompted Arrows to take action and Steve Komphela was brought in to replace Khenyeza with the club languishing near the bottom of the DStv Premiership standings.

Komphela recorded a win in his first game in charge against Polokwane City before the international break.

The new man at the helm also guided the team to a 2-1 defeat of Richards Bay at the weekend with Nduduzo Sibiya and Olwethu Ncube both on target at the Mpumalanga Stadium.

While it can be argued that Komphela had an easy start to his time with the club, his mettle will surely be tested during the clash with SuperSport United on Wednesday and against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

While Khenyeza remains at Arrows as an assistant to Komphela, Zimbabwean striker Mutizwa explained that the players were lacking under the former managment structure.

He told FARPost: “We could have done better. He was there for us but I feel like we didn’t do enough for him. Of course, he is still there but as players, we did not do enough for him. We disappointed him.

“We haven’t been winning as much as we are supposed to do. I have also not been scoring. We did put in some work but to be honest, I feel it was not enough for him.

“We did not fight for the coach. Now we have coach Steve, I believe the tough times have taught everyone a lesson.

“As of now, we are all focusing on the season’s remaining games to see that we help the team win. The goal is not to keep losing but we want to end the season on a high note.”