Steve Komphela says Maize Cup provides Kaizer Chiefs fans with Carling Black Label Cup selection assistance
Posted: 15 July 2017 Time: 18:51
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes his side's run out in the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup gives fans some valuable insight into who they should select for the Carling Black Label Cup.
Komphela gave plenty of his squad a run out in today's tournament at the James Motlatsi Stadium with his side claiming the title with a victory over Free State Stars.
With the pre-season Soweto Derby showdown looming, the AmaKhosi mentor says the voting public will have a clearer picture of who to select for the match against Orlando Pirates on July 29.
Komphela also offered an update on injured talisman Siphiwe Tshabalala, hinting that the playmaker could be ready for the Carling Cup.
"The supporters have seen the players I have and they have to vote for these players for the Carling Black Label Cup and I'm sure from tonight we have given them something to think about," he told SuperSport TV following the game.
"'Shabba' is a great influence and has great experience and is among the supporters here [at the James Motlatsi Stadium]. We are trying to get him ready but you know how it is - injuries sometimes take a while to heal and we are trying to nurse him so by the 29th when we play the Carling Black Label Cup he should be ready because I'm sure these beautiful people are going to vote for him."
Commenting on his side's participation in the Maize Cup, Komphela noted that it had been very fruitful in ascertaining what level his players were at.
"It was a good exercise. A lot of players got game time, which is what you need when trying to get them into better physical condition," he said. "The outcome is okay. It gives us confidence but there is still a lot of stuff we need to work on."