Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela explains Mathoho, Xulu, Gordinho, Bukenya rotation
Posted: 28 September 2015 Time: 11:32
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has explained his reasons for rotating his central defenders.
Erick Mathoho and Siyanda Zulu have started seven of Amakhosi's 10 games at the back in all competitions this season.
Komphela has also paired Xulu with Ivan Bukenya, Xulu with Lorenzo Gordinho, and most recently Mathoho with Bukenya in the 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.
“Players are different and if you make that as a reference you will be saying Mathoho was there [MTN8 Final] and he was also available for this one, Xulu in that match and Bukenya against Ajax,” says Komphela.
“Bukenya and Xulu are different because that is where the comparison would be just in terms of physical presence. But there are other elements where Xulu gets ahead of Bukenya which we know in our camp.
“Apart from individual analysis, the comfort and cohesion or the understanding, telepathy when you compare combination of Xulu- Mathoho, or Mathoho-Bukenya, it is still fine, it’s not a train smash and we’re comfortable.
“It’s just a question of preference and choices.
“And if I were to throw in the third one, Gordinho Lorenzo, when we played Tuks he was superb as well.
“And it is rare you find a scenario where you keep on changing the central pairing. Now we have been changing the pairings twice, thrice, and we still find the comfort.
“We thought that maybe we’d go with a clean sheet against Ajax and unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“The rotations are information that comes from a combination of both looking for the correct combination and choosing the right players for a certain game.
“We could’ve continued with Gordinho as he played against Tuks, but we felt there will be more presence from Bukenya and all those, which is the beauty of coaching.
“We coaches need to take decisions before it happens and after that you find people who make opinions. If you make the wrong call you must account. If it is the right call you compliment the players.
“So I think so far the calls we have been making have been so close to the reality we are facing and we will continue passing them.”