It took the introduction of new Kaizer Chiefs signing William Twala to break the deadlock late in the second half in a puslating Absa Premiership clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.
Celtic have only themselves to blame after letting their visitors off the hook when they had them against the wall a number of times.
Before Twala came on for Ugandan Sula Matovu, the game was heading for a draw but his runs livened up Amakhosi.
Twala almost had a dream debut, unleashing a thunderous shot, but the ball hit the upright and bounced back into play and Celtic cleared their lines.
But a minute later Twala – who was proving to be a bit of a thorn in Celtic’s side – was in the thick of things again and was brought down inside the 18-yard area and Chiefs were awarded a penalty. Willard Katsande took the kick and sent Tignyemb the wrong way for the winning goal.
For Komphela, the win brought some relief following a string of draws, but for his counterpart Serame Letsoaka, it piled on more pressure.
Letsoaka is yet to win a game since he took over at Phunya Sele Sele, replacing Clinton Larsen over a month ago.
At the press conference fter the game, Komphela said either team could have won.
He said he had to resort to a counter-attacking game as Celtic piled on the pressure.
“They never made it easy for us,” said Komphela. “There are two things in football, you either have the ball or the space. We thought okay, let them have the ball and we will have the space.
That’s wehere you have to be lethal on the counter. I’m happy – three points away is a great result,” said Komphela.
The former Maritzburg United coach said the win would be a good morale-booster for his team who face Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium next weekend.
Chiefs are now fourth with 25 points, five behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Celtic are now out of the top eight, with 18 points from 14 games, and will have to be more clinical when they meet Free State Stars next weekend.