Kaizer Chiefs' Komphela mulls Maluleka replacement for Telkom Knockout tie with Maritzburg
Posted: 18 October 2016 Time: 19:53
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is considering his options in the engine room in the absence of suspended midfielder George Maluleka.
Chiefs next face Komphela's ex-employers Maritzburg United in the last-16 of the Telkom Knockout at FNB Stadium on Saturday (20h15).
Amakhosi, who have won four straight in the league to inch Golden Arrows at the summit on goal difference, are minus Maluleka following his red card in a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town this past weekend.
Komphela, however, has new signings Keagan Buchanan and Enocent Mkhabela in reserve, as well as Lucky Baloyi.
"We still have Enocent Mkhabela waiting to make his Chiefs debut for us,” Komphela is quoted as saying on his club's website.
"Keagan Buchanan has returned from long-term injury and is also looking at an opportunity to play in a competitive match. Lucky Baloyi is also ready to play a role when called upon.
"It is sad that Maluleka got a red card when he was playing a blinder in the middle of the park."
Komphela is determined to claim TKO honours after Amakhosi lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in last season's final.
"We wish to reach the final once again but this time we must win the trophy. Reaching the final is a good indicator, but at Chiefs trophies matter most.”
However, the 49-year-old expects Maritzburg will be eager to avenge a 2-0 reverse they suffered in the Absa Premiership at the same venue on September 29.
"Maritzburg are always a difficult team to face. The knockout competitions are all or nothing. We know the profile of their coach, Ernst Middendorp."
He added: "A knockout competition is do or die. In the league you can have a second chance, knowing that you have 30 games to play. We know Maritzburg will not come here and lose against us again. They are definitely working hard to turn the tables and outmuscle us."