Steve Komphela one win away from best Kaizer Chiefs run heading into Highlands Park contest
Posted: 17 February 2017 Time: 12:00
The resurgence of Kaizer Chiefs has propelled Steve Komphela to within a single victory of his longest league winning run at the helm of the country’s most popular club.
Chiefs have won their last four games for a return of the maximum 12 points keeping them just a point shy of the leading pair of Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City, with victory against Highlands Park on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium (18h00) to stretch that winning streak to five games in a row.
Five consecutive league wins will be a first for Komphela in his time at Chiefs where he has had to absorb the cruelty of insults and missiles from the stands through the rough spell that Amakhosi went through just before the current purple patch.
The best that the former Bafana Bafana captain has managed since arriving at the beginning of last season has been four wins on the trot which he has done twice – firstly in February last year and then in the league games played in the period leading to the last Soweto Derby.
Having already chewed up some negative records during his reign in charge, Komphela will be quietly encouraged by the fact that a win on Saturday will take Amakhosi top of the standings for at least a couple of hours depending on what then happens in City’s later game against Orlando Pirates.
The influence of Willard Katsande, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker has been evident with the trio each scoring thrice in the last four games that have accounted for nine of the 10 goals scored by the club.
Still faced with the reality of knowing that what matters is delivering trophies to Naturena – more so the league title – Komphela will feel cheered up that he has been able to keep pace with the leading pack in this marathon.
The fans are no longer livid with the 49-year-old coach whose charming speech is being backed by results of late which have also meant the hopes of winning the title also remain alive.