Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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11 Jan 2016
9:57 am

Komphela tired of draws

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Following his team's 0-0 stalemate against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night, Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has admitted that draws are affecting his team.

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

League stalemates are beginning to bother Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela.

Under Komphela’s guidance, Amakhosi have drawn seven of their 13 Absa Premiership games this season, and the former Maritzburg United mentor admitted it was affecting his team after yet another 0-0 stalemate against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night.

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“When one looks at the table and the number of matches drawn, you’d feel hard done by. That is too many draws,” Komphela said.

He was nonetheless pleased to get a point at the weekend because the match could have gone either way.

“Both teams play a pressing game. We coped well under pressure.

“There were stages where we felt if we gave them space they’d hurt us, but we coped.

“Both teams could have stolen it … and based on how the game was going, even though we were the home team, we will take a point.

Chiefs stayed in touch with the early league contenders, lying fourth in the table with 22 points from 13 games.

But Komphela remained aware that he was expected to guide the team to at least one championship this season, and the draws were not doing much to improve his standing with the side’s hard-to-please-fans.

For Mamelodi Sundowns, the draw – the team’s third this season – was not a bad result as it ensured the Tshwane outfit remained the favourites for the Premiership title.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane raised concerns, however, about the condition of the pitch at the world-famous FNB Stadium, insisting it prevented a flowing game.

“The boys were complaining that they could not shoot off the ground and had to chip the ball because there was a lot of sand.”