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Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela grateful for impact of Siphiwe Tshabalala and Willard Katsande

Posted: 13 February 2017 Time: 17:33

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he is delighted to see experienced midfielders Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala leading from the front.

The pair were both on target for Amakhosi in the opening game of 2017 as they shot down Free State Stars 3-1 last week, and were again in the goals on Saturday to earn Chiefs a 2-1 win over Martizburg United.

READ: Shabba wins it late for Kaizer Chiefs

That win made it four in a row for the Glamour Boys, who have managed to turn around their early-season struggles to now sit just one point off the Absa Premiership summit.

Komphela could now be the most relieved man at Naturena, having bore the brunt of most of the team's critics in 2016, and the coach admits he is thrilled to be able to call on the likes of Katsande and 'Shabba'.

"It tells you how focused they are and in fact what I was saying in one of my interviews is that whatever 'Shabba' is eating it must have been an overdose because he seemed to be hitting another level," a gracious Komphela said.

"He [Shabba] is very exciting going forward and it's nice to see your experienced players taking the responsibility and leading from the front."

READ: Steve unsure what Shabba is on

With confidence certainly peaking for the Soweto giants, even the heavy rains and lightning at the Harry Gwala Stadium this past weekend couldn't remove the smiles from the fans' faces, and while Komphela does not want to get ahead of himself, sees no reason why they can't enter each match with the intention of winning.

"There are no standards in terms of 'we have to reach this level' or 'we've reached this level'; we just keep on going, going and going," he added.

"Growth is not only technical or tactical; not only from results but growth is also from confidence.

"Our people [fans] must just be happy and all that we want is just want to win every match that comes to our way."

Chiefs will return to Durban this coming weekend when they host strugglers Highlands Park at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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