Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela wary of Maritzburg United under Fadlu Davids
Posted: 19 September 2017 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admits that upcoming opponents Maritzburg United will be difficult to beat at their home ground when they meet at Harry Gwala Stadium.
Komphela has taken note of Maritzburg's rise to the Premiership summit with two wins and two draws this season. Fadlu Davids' side also disposed of kings of Africa Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 before coming unstuck against SuperSport United in the semi-finals of the competition.
“Maritzburg, very difficult. We saw them, they just played Orlando Pirates [0-0 draw last Friday] and they are on top of the log with eight points. It is not by accident,” Komphela said of his former club.
“Compliments must be given to Fadlu Davids as well and their team. They are quite quick coming out. Three centre-backs, you are going to have Denis Weidlich, Bevan Fransman and our own [ex-Chiefs defender Siyanda] Xulu there.
“Siphesihle Ndlovu got red carded [against Pirates], we will see what happens who does he deploy. Will he take Deolin Mekoa playing wide?
“There is also [Fortune] Makaringe in the midfield and Bandile Shandu. Those are all kids we left them from the MDC.”
Komphela is concerned players he helped develop at the Team of Choice may come back to haunt him tomorrow night.
“Sometimes when you work in an institution, you don’t work to get a result to save your job, you work to leave your legacy that as you go the team survives. That’s what we left there,” Komphela said.
“But the very same ones that we built are out there to haunt us, it is part of life.”
Chiefs, in mid-table with five points from four matches, drew 1-1 with champions Bidvest Wits in their previous assignment at FNB Stadium on the weekend.
Komphela is buoyed by the return from suspension of centre-back Erick Mathoho.