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Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela explains tactical approach against Cape Town City

Posted: 14 September 2017 Time: 07:59

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has defended his team's conservative strategy against Cape Town City as it paid off with a 2-0 victory in the Mother City on Wednesday night.

Amakhosi earned their first win of the season thanks to second-half goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and teenage debutant Wiseman Meyiwa at Cape Town Stadium.

Komphela employed Meyiwa, George Maluleka and the combative Willard Katsande - who made his 200th Chiefs appearance - in central midfield, as the visitors looked to counter City through the likes of 'Shabba' and ex-Citizens star Bhongolwethu Jayiya down the flanks.

The former Maritzburg United boss conceded the Glamour Boys veered somewhat from their traditional style of play against an opponent that previously boasted a perfect record from five matches in all competitions.

"There's two ways in football: where you give the initiative or you take it. And we opted to give the initiative for obvious reasons," Komphela said when asked why his team sat back for stretches of the league tie.

"If you take the initiative, you are too expansive, you are creating too big a distance for the players, and your wingbacks will have to keep bombing forward, and the amount of kilometres they clock is going to go higher and chances are... you need to handle a lot if you are playing too honest a game. We needed to be smart today."

He added: "But it still paid because we didn't only sit there like most of our colleagues would say and 'park the bus'. We came out nicely and played. Maybe you expected Chiefs to be more dictating, to be more on the ball and all of that. But when you are more on the ball... look at the results, look at Bidvest, look at Arrows, you can even look at the Champions League. Look at the ones that had the lesser possession, they seem to be heading.

"So it's the initiative - take it or give it. And we decided to give the initiative a bit today, and we knew coming into the match, I didn't check the possession stats, that we might slightly drop from what we normally do. But it was deliberate."

Komphela's side, with four points from three fixtures, will on Saturday host ailing champions Bidvest Wits, who remain winless following a shock 3-1 defeat to Golden Arrows at Bidvest Stadium last night.

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Article by: Stephen Kihn
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