“We dug deep and worked hard to score two goals and win the match,” reflects Steve Komphela on the 2-1 win over Maritzburg United on Saturday. “The players are focused. It is nice to see your experienced players leading from the front. Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala are showing a rich vein of form and that’s good for the team. I am delighted with the win and applaud the players for showing this level of consistency.”
“We just want to keep growing and growing,” Komphela continues, “and, growth is not only technical, it is also about confidence. All we want is to win every match.”
Chiefs are on a roll, being unbeaten for five games. “We are running our own race,” the Amakhosi coach reacts. “We are looking only at the matches that we have to play and not on how other teams are playing.”
Komphela heaped praise on his team: “Congratulations to George Maluleka for earning his second Man of the Match award in a row. To be honest, it could have gone to any of the players fielded tonight. Shabba and Katsande also did well and so have Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Erick Mathoho. And let’s not forget Lorenzo Gordinho, another who did well. Overall, everybody did well to be praised for their performances.”
On Gustavo Páez, Komphela comments: “We are just waiting for Páez to open his goal account. His movements and touches are solid and we are just waiting for him to score his first goal.”
Mathoho accumulated his fourth yellow card and will miss the next match against Highlands Park.
“We have to manage the team when one player is not available,” Komphela says. “When Tower is out, we have Siyanda Xulu and Daniel Cardoso waiting in the wings.”
Amakhosi last won at Pietermaritzburg’s Harry Gwala Stadium in 2009.
“I overheard the players talking about breaking the jinx of not being able to win here,” Komphela reacts. “We succeeded on Saturday night and this shows the players’ attitude.”
Amakhosi will next host Highlands Park in an Absa Premiership fixture at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 18 February. Kick-off is at 18:00.