Steve Komphela calls for patience on Kaizer Chiefs trio
Posted: 29 December 2016 Time: 15:35
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has called for the club’s fans to remain patient on young strikers Emmanuel Letlotlo, Ryan Moon and midfielder Hendrik Ekstein.
Letlotlo received unwelcome treatment from fans in his side’s last match against Golden Arrows after he was preferred to start ahead of Edmore Chirambadare on the left flank to assist Bernard Parker up front for his first start of the campaign.
It was Letlotlo’s first start for Chiefs this season, while Ekstein returned after five matches out, replacing Siphiwe Tshabalala as Moon came on in the second half in place of Parker.
While the trio have yet to hit the grounding running and with only one goal scored between them in the league thus far for Amakhosi, Komphela said fans should understand that it will take time for them to adjust to the way he wants them to play.
“We just need a bit of patience from our people with regards to them [Ekstein, Moon and Letlotlo]. Letlotlo is one hell of a player and we know him from the MDC,” said Komphela.
"It’ll takes a bit of time for the youngster to settle, but he needs our support."
The former Maritzburg United coach quickly jumped to the defence of Letlotlo when asked if he was pushed by fans to take off the youngster who received unwelcome jeers from the club’s demanding fans in the stand.
“Regarding changing Letlotlo, we already made a decision that on our left side we needed to bring in Chirambadare because he has been consistent in previous matches and ‘Tight’ [Joseph Molangoane] was doing well on the right,” he said.
"We had made our minds and we discussed that;, it was just the question of time. I had to delay the substitution because the minute you take out the youngster after being hustled, it’s like you as the coach also agrees on such.
"Our job as coaches is to protect the player. There’s a lot that he can learn and there’s lot that he can offer.’’
Chiefs, who are now occupying fourth on the log table, will kick-start the new year at FNB stadium on February 7 against Free State Stars.
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