Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
1 Dec 2016
2:25 pm

Chiefs on the up – Komphela

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Steve Komphela – who has become quite unpopular with the fans following a string of unsatisfactory results – believes that it's a matter of time before Kaizer Chiefs turn the corner and produce good results.

Steve Komphela, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix)

Amakhosi were again held to a draw on Tuesday night by Premiership new boys, Cape Town City, but if their performance on the day is anything to go by, the wheels are certainly turning.

There was a time earlier this season when the Glamour Boys were winning and climbed to the top of the league, but their displays were disjointed and not attractive. But on Tuesday Amakhosi gave a stellar performance and could have easily won the match had it not been for poor finishing and wing-back Sibusiso Khumalo earning himself an unnecessary send-off in the first half.

Komphela said he knows he has to keep working hard and not pay serious mind to the calls by fans for him to resign as that may derail his thinking.

“If you look at the match against Cape Town City and listen to what Eric Tinkler said afterwards‚ and you go back to the game against SuperSport United and listen to what Stuart Baxter had to say‚ you get the same story … both were draws. But we should have won them,” said Komphela.

Amakhosi’s next league assignment will provide just the right scope for Komphela to see how far he has come and how far he still has to go to get his team to the level with which everyone associated with them will be satisfied.

Chippa United should provide just the right challenge for the team. The Chilli Boys have become popular with soccer fans for their fancy displays and should provide another stern test for Amakhosi in Saturday evening’s match set for the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Komphela said he was not worried about what the fans are saying because he has the support of everyone in Naturena.

“It is important to accept the realities of modern life and I’m sure that I’m not the first person who is facing such a situation, not only in sports, but in politics too.

“But all I can do is tell you that I have a job to do‚ I have a responsibility here. I can hear what’s happening but I have to be strong because I have a job to do.”