Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon has reflected on his career at Amakhosi, saying it was ups and downs and he would have loved to have contributed more but it was beyond him due to coaching changes.

Moon, now at Golden Arrows, will face his former club at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday (15:30) when the DStv Premiership resumes.

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The 26-year-old spent three seasons with Chiefs, joining them from Maritzburg United ahead the 2016/17 season. He joined Chiefs when coach Steve Komphela was in his second stint with the club, having worked with him at the Team of Choice.

Moon, ironically, scored his first goal of his career against Arrows towards the end of the season. In the following season, Moon scored four goals and coach Komphela was starting to trust him.

However, Komphela was sacked before that season ended, after Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars also at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Nedbank Cup semi-final

As Italian coach Giovanni Solinas was appointed ahead of the 2018/19 season, Moon struggled to play and so was Solinas who was sacked in December 2018 and Chiefs appointed Ernst Middendorp.

Moon then left at the end of that season to join Stellenbosch FC, scoring six goals in 39 matches in the process.

His last season ended with a whimper as Amakhosi lost the Ke Yona Cup to TS Galaxy also at the Durban venue.

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“It was ups and downs and I think we had a couple of coaching changes,” said Moon.

“Under Steve, I played quite a bit and I scored my first goal in the PSL. I had my best spell under Steve and from there I went to the national team.

“Then we got coach Solinas and of course, he had his preferred players and how they want to play and I didn’t fit really well as I thought I was going to go on but I was completely out of the team.

“But I would love to have achieved more at Chiefs and that’s whenever you go to the big club. As a footballer, you want to win cups, score goals and do well but I didn’t achieve much.”

Amakhosi, who are in the rebuilding phase at the moment, has not won a major trophy since the 2014/15 season.

They came close to wrestling the league in the 2019/20 season and CAF Champions League in 2020/21 season, but on all occasions, it wasn’t to be.

Moon feels for his former club and the fans as this is an unprecedented drought.

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“Look at Liverpool, it took them 30 years to win the league and big clubs do go through those patches,” he added.

“Chiefs have been to cup finals and I was part of the one with Galaxy beating us and you don’t expect something like that (a second-tier side to win the cup as that was historic).”

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