Steve Komphela critical of Free State Stadium pitch after Kaizer Chiefs' 1-1 draw at Bloem Celtic
Posted: 20 August 2017 Time: 17:16
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela described the Free State Stadium pitch as “just pathetic” following Sunday’s 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against Bloemfontein Celtic.
Amakhosi struggled to carve out chances on a very patchy surface in the Free State, aside from Erick Mathoho’s first-half opener, and eventually conceded a penalty in the final 15 minutes to open the new season with only a point.
And, speaking after the game, Komphela was highly critical of the playing surface at the venue and feels fans are being robbed of the team’s true playing potential when forced to compete on sub-par pitches.
“I thought, one: we couldn’t play here [Free State Stadium]. I’ve heard many coaches complain about the surface, it’s a pity that we denied people good football,” he told SuperSport TV after the game.
“I think maybe what they [the groundsmen] can do is just bring the level of the grass down or try maintain it better. I think they should try do better so that teams can play [better football].”
He added: “If you are here [playing at the stadium] it means you just have to kick the ball, but we [Chiefs] are not a kicking team, we’re a playing team.
“You couldn’t run with the ball here, because this grass is just pathetic.”