Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela wary of Eric Tinkler's SuperSport United
Posted: 12 August 2017 Time: 09:39
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is wary of SuperSport United's threat under Eric Tinkler, but promises his side will play their traditional exciting brand of football.
Chiefs host Matsatsantsa at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this evening, with kick-off set for 20h15, in the third MTN8 quarterfinal of the 2017/18 season.
While their opening game of the season will be a test to see how far along they have come in pre-season, SuperSport will be under the watchful eye of former Cape Town City coach Tinkler for the first time in a PSL match.
Having faced one another in their first game of last season too, Komphela is wary that it could be another tricky test against Tinkler's side as he reminisces on their previous encounter in the MTN8 a year ago.
“It’s going to be an interesting one. First official match of the season. We are playing against SuperSport, who have just got a new coach in Eric Tinkler,” Komphela tells KickOff.com.
“We [Chiefs] played against Eric Tinkler when he was at Cape Town City in the first match of the MTN8 [last season], and we had not known much about what they would be and they surprised us.
"They had only one attack and only one chance and they scored in that match, and that was the beginning of the Cape Town City that we saw last season.
“Going to SuperSport, we know the players at SuperSport. We know how SuperSport plays, but we still need to experience how SuperSport and Eric Tinkler play."
Without being able to piece together how a Tinkler-coached SuperSport will set up, Komphela is instead focused on ensuring his side play the traditional Amakhosi way, with special attention placed on minimising the defensive errors that have haunted them in past seasons.
“We are going to play the Chiefs way – control, dominate, create chances, and play the exciting brand of football," he says.
"That’s how Chiefs plays. I can’t imagine a Chiefs that plays otherwise. You have to dominate, you have to create chances, and you have to be exciting.
“But again you need to be careful at the back because part of our setbacks at Chiefs in the previous seasons was individual errors that have been committed at the back.
"But we have to make it a point that we shut the back door and then bring all the elements.”