Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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23 May 2016
5:02 pm

Komphela has his work cut out

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela may be happy that the season that has proved to be frustrating for him in his first year as Amakhosi mentor is finally over, but he is under no illusions about the amount of work he has to do before the start of a new term in August.

Steve Komphela, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix)

As fate would have it, Amakhosi suffered an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Chippa United at FNB Stadium on Saturday in their last match of the season. Chippa – who were without a few of their regular players like Thamsanqa Sangweni and Joseph Molangoane – ran Amakhosi ragged.

“… there’s nice work left for us. I’m happy it’s over, we are going to start over properly (next season),” said Komphela.

Under Komphela, Amakhosi reached two cup finals and had a good run in the Absa Premiership, and were one of the teams gunning for championship but fell of the wagon towards the end.

This makes for – as team goalkeeper and former captain, Itumeleng Khune put it last week – a bitter pill to swallows for the club known for its penchant for silverware. Although Komphela did not come out and say it out loud, he suggested that the team needed fresh legs.

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Among the analysis of Amakhosi this season is that they have an ageing squad with the core of the team being players that are close or over 30. A complete overhaul has been suggested by some analysts, while others feel a few new fresher additions would be fine.

The Naturena team have already parted ways with one of their older players as Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane’s contract was not renewed. A few others are expected to follow the former Jomo Cosmos man out of Naturena in a few weeks.

Asked if he will be adding any new faces to the team in the off-season, Komphela said: “That will come at the right time. The hunger I have is to go and get a team that has energy… our team must play with more energy. Anybody that plays with energy gains respect. We just need to get that respect back.”