Komphela concerned by unflattering stats
Posted: 23 November 2017 Time: 09:36 am
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he will have to analyse the statistics after his team failed to register a shot on target in over an hour of football against AmaZulu.
Chiefs' first goal-bound attempt came when striker Gustavo Paez drew a save from keeper Boafela Pule with a diving header in the 66th minute of a goalless draw in Durban on Wednesday night.
The Glamour Boys ended the match with two shots on target versus Usuthu's eight, while they had seven attempts on goal to the hosts' whopping 17.
Komphela will also count his blessings that his goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was in inspired form at King Zwelithini Stadium, earning the praise of rival tactician Cavin Johnson.
“Someone asked me that after the match. I still have to go back and look,” Komphela told reporters when asked about the unflattering numbers.
“Looking at how the match unfolded, how many did AmaZulu have? How many? I’m trying to draw a comparison and then without defending us, because if you say at the 60th minute we got nothing and AmaZulu was 14 shots on target then there’s really cause for concern... we have to look at that.
“If it’s 60 minutes Chiefs zero, AmaZulu zero, one or two, then it points at the match. The conditions just didn't make it easy but that doesn’t have to come out with excuses.
“I wish I knew how many AmaZulu had after 60 minutes [Ed: They had seven], then I’ll respond with a little bit more relevance. But we need to create chances and goalmouth action, but again when you are playing a team that is pressing that is not going to be easy.”
Komphela agreed that his side rode their luck against the Premiership returnees, who last beat the Soweto giants in the league in 2006/07.
“In the first half I thought they did better and we got to grips in the second half,” he said.
“They missed the penalty, we were lucky to survive but congratulations again must go to Itu, who read the situation and stood his ground, made the save.
“We also had a couple of chances. I thought we should’ve won the match. There’s a number of maybe calls that we should’ve done better with in terms of our defensive line.
“In the final third we were a bit desperate in terms of taking chances. On any given day or under other circumstances we could’ve taken those chances even the [Siphiwe Tshabalala] ‘Shabba’ one in the last minute.”
Chiefs will remain in Durban as they have decided to stage their match with Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday (18h00).