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Steve Komphela predicts requirements of winning Absa Premiership, dreams of FNB Stadium support

Posted: 29 September 2017 Time: 19:42

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has shared his calculation of what it would take for a team to win the Absa Premiership this season.

Each season, coaches aiming for the championship plan according to their own algorithm towards achieving their said target, and this one is no different.

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Prior to leading Bidvest Wits to their maiden league title last season, Gavin Hunt predicted that 60 points would be enough to clinch it, and evidently so it was.

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Komphela, currently in his third season at Naturena, believes a similar total of 60 points would once again suffice, but has split his calculation into bite-size portions.

"To win the league you have to have 10 points in every group of five matches, how do you get that 10 points? It means you can win three, draw one, lose one – that gives you 10," explained Komphela.

"You could have lost two matches at home and won three away, you're still in line. I don't want to say that as an explanation that they would say is an eloquent excuse, so the best thing is not to respond but I must asnwer your question."

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The former Maritzburg United, Free State Stars and Platinum Stars mentor has also emphasised the importance of collecting points in their home games, while coveting decent crowds at their traditional home of FNB Stadium.

"But we must win matches at home. One thing that I want to see: I wish we could have the same ambience and atmosphere we get when we play outside [away from home].

"Any other stadium in South Africa – you go to Nelspruit, Durban, Cape Town, wherever – if FNB could be like that... But I know it will happen, the only thing that can bring that [attendance] up is us winning.

"It's that question of chicken and egg, which one came first? Do you win first and get them [supporters] coming, or they come in and push you to win. We'll have to win first, because the responsibility that we carry is the one of winning.

"We cannot invite, the invitation can only be extended by winning. We must win," he concluded.

Article by: Chad Klate
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