Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela brushes off defensive challenges ahead of Cape Town City showdown
Posted: 13 September 2017 Time: 07:54
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela backs a makeshift defence to hold firm against Cape Town City and "begin their onslaught for honours".
Amakhosi are minus suspended Bafana Bafana international Erick Mathoho and fellow defenders Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Tsepo Masilela, Sibusiso Khumalo and Teenage Hadebe through injury, as well as strikers Ryan Moon and Emmanuel Letlotlo.
However, Komphela has faith the Glamour Boys can take the game to the Citizens tonight at Cape Town Stadium and get their first league win of the season following a 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic and 2-1 defeat to SuperSport United.
“Any time you lose a squad member, it gives other players an opportunity to show their mettle,” Komphela told his club's website.
“We will run lean and mean in defence, but luckily enough we have players capable to switch positions and change the formation when necessary
He added: “We are looking at this match to start collecting maximum points. We just have to start scoring goals and this match presents us with another opportunity.
“It is going to be an exciting match to watch but, a win is what we need to begin our onslaught for the honours.”
Meanwhile, Komphela gave credit to City counterpart Benni McCarthy, who boasts a perfect record after five games in all competitions in his first head coaching job, which includes three victories over champions Bidvest Wits.
“Their play has not changed in any way,” said Komphela. “They are in a good space at the moment. You can’t beat Wits three times in a short space of time and be taken lightly.
“Coach Benni is doing well in his first season as a coach. Things are going his way at the moment and that bodes well for the future of his coaching career. However, we have a game plan in place and we will use our strength to counter their threats,” concluded the former Maritzburg United mentor.