Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela knows Siphiwe Tshabalala’s form makes him a marked man
Posted: 20 February 2017 Time: 09:09
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says teams are starting to notice the recent form of veteran winger Siphiwe Tshabalala after Saturday’s win over Highlands Park in Durban.
If 'Shabba' is not scoring goals himself, he is setting them up for his teammates, having bagged four goals and assisted two this term to help Amakhosi to the top of the Premiership standings.
He was again provider at the weekend after seeing Lorenzo Gordinho head home after Tshabalala’s corner was flicked on to earn a 1-0 win over the Lions of the North, making it five successive league wins for the Naturena giants.
The former Bafana Bafana winger was tightly marked by Kgomotso Koena throughout the game but still created the only goal.
Komphela - who became only the third coach to win five matches on the trot for Chiefs after Paul Dolezar and Stuart Baxter - says even though Shabba was tightly marked, it did not stop him from being influential in the outcome of Chiefs’ win.
"There was [jersey number] 37 [Koena] on Shabba; Koena was shadowing Shabba throughout the match. It is why many of us would say 'how was Shabba's performance today?’” said Komphela.
"Shabba is always on song but those who observed Shabba always had a number 37 alongside him, trying to stop him from playing, which is where I thought we'd have taken advantage of when he takes Koena out of position we'd start playing from there. We did that but we were not too consistent."