“I am happy with the result,” Steve Komphela commented on Sunday’s 1-0 win over Platinum Stars. “The win will boost our confidence ahead of next week’s Nedbank Cup semifinal.”
The Kaizer Chiefs coach admitted that “our game was a bit scrappy, especially in the first half. That was also because Stars didn’t allow us to play in the midfield. We did better in the second half when there was more rhythm to our game.”
Amakhosi are in fourth position on the Absa Premiership log, having collected 42 points from 27 matches.
It had been a tough week for the technical team and the players after the 3-0 loss at home to Chippa United. Komphela was visibly relieved after the victory over Platinum Stars. “We must now get rid of our emotions and get our confidence back.”
Hendrick ‘Pule’ Ekstein scored the winner in the 48th minute. “I am happy for Pule,” the Chiefs coach commented on the midfielder’s goal. He was also selected as the Man of the Match after a fine performance.
“We needed to stay focussed after our goal,” Komphela added, “as their striker, Bongi Ntuli is always a handful and he can hurt you. But we kept our concentration in defence.”
The Amakhosi coach also commented on Siphelele Ntshangase, who was signed during the January transfer window from Baroka FC. The midfielder hasn’t started in too many games since joining the Glamour Boys. “Chiefs are a different animal from the clubs Siphelele previously played for. But we are patient, the talent is there and we see glimpses of his brilliance and intelligence. He will come right.”
Komphela also confessed that, because of three defenders already being out for the Platinum Stars clash that Daniel Cardoso had “to be pushed to the limit. That’s also why his right thigh was wrapped.”
Cardoso delivered another good performance in defence, well supported by the two other centre-backs, Siyabonga Ngezana and Tsepo Masilela, who made a welcome return to the first team after a long lay-off due to injury.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele (hamstring), Teenage Hadebe (suspended) and Erick Mathoho (who suffered a concussion in last week’s game) were the defenders who missed the match against Platinum Stars.
They will hopefully all return for Nedbank Cup semifinal against Free State Stars. Chiefs will host the game at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening, 21 April (kick-off at 20:15). The Tickets for this match are already on sale at TicketPro outlets.