Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
12 May 2016
3:54 pm

Komphela spits fire at Chiefs’ “football from Mars”

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela has accused his players of deviating from his system and playing alien football.

Steve Komphela coach of Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

He said Chiefs players do not imposing their big team status on their opponents.

Speaking to SuperSport TV after yet another draw against Free State Stars on Wednesday night, Komphela vented his frustrations for the first time. The game ended 2-2 with Sthembiso Ngcobo and Nyiko Tshabangu scoring for Stars, while Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala did the job for Amakhosi.

“It’s just unfair for people who support our team to be taken through this… You look back at all the matches we have drawn, completely unnecessary,” he said speaking to SuperSport TV after the game.

“Stay true to your way. You taking balls and hitting them in the air and that makes it anybody’s. Every time we got the ball played on the ground, you could see the opportunities coming through. Why then opt for something so difficult? Whenever we played on the ground we got behind them,” vented Komphela who is usually calm and protects his player from criticism.

“But do we learn from these? We don’t seem to. We need to learn. What works for you if you want to win a game of football is you have to stay true to your way of doing things.

“It’s a question of believing on what you are doing. You have to tell yourself that you are a big team and you are going to impose yourself…

“People who don’t impose themselves are people without confidence, or people who don’t have the tools, we have the tools we need the confidence.

“The minute you start playing long balls it becomes scrappy and that’s football from Mars, and we don’t play football from Mars. We play football on the grass and that’s why it is lush and green here. “It was an easy match to win yet another draw…”