Coach Steve Komphela was visibly disappointed after Amakhosi’s one-all draw against Free State Stars on Saturday. It was the fourth draw in a row in an Absa Premiership clash. “Based on how we played, we should have won this game,” the Kaizer Chiefs mentor reflected.
The Glamour Boys had a difficult start to the match, but the more the game progressed more goalscoring opportunities came Amakhosi’s way at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“Tight should have put the ball in the net,” Komphela remarked about the last-minute chance of Joseph Molangoane. Other players also got opportunities to score, but failed to finish.
On the other hand, the coach admitted that Itumeleng Khune made some fabulous saves to stop Free State Stars from scoring. “Itu is a great ‘keeper,” the coach pointed out.
The coach was happy about the way the defence operated, highlighting as well the performance of Teenage Hadebe, who made his Chiefs debut against AmaZulu on Wednesday. “Teenage did well in his first game, although he was also a bit nervous. He was much more relaxed in tonight’s match though.”
Komphela was also very satisfied with how Gustavo Páez made good off-the-ball runs. “We are still trying to understand how he runs,” the coach said, adding that “there is a difference between theory and practice. But we will get there.”
Chiefs are presently in fifth position on the log table, having collected 16 points from 12 matches. That’s only two points behind log leaders Baroka FC, although they have a game in hand.
The next league fixture of the Glamour Boys is away against Chippa United at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday, 6 December.
“We just need to continue fighting,” Komphela concludes, “as we are looking for the three points.”