Komphela unfazed by unruly fans

Posted: 2 October 2017 Time: 12:20

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has brushed off the abuse directed his way from unruly fans at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

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Komphela needed a police escort after the 2-1 loss to Baroka in Durban, with the contest marred by angry supporters throwing metal seats and bottles onto the pitch.

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Komphela, whose side are sixth on the table with nine points from seven matches, is under pressure at Naturena following two trophyless seasons.  

"I'm not in the business of defending myself, I'm in the business of coaching football clubs," said Komphela, who endured a fresh round of ‘Steve Must Go’ chants over the weekend.

He added: "The message I can give to people is performances; less talk and keep performing.

"I think the main thing that we have to do is behave as athletes and professional coaches and perform on behalf of your people. The message should be in our performances and I hope we shall do that."

Meanwhile, Komphela is sweating over the fitness of Gustavo Paez after the striker injured his ankle against Bakgaga.

Komphela was forced to replace the Venezuelan, who has netted three goals this season, with Bernard Parker in the 37th minute of the league tie.

"They stepped on his ankle and he twisted it. The medics are giving us information that it's still very painful," Komphela said in the post-match press conference.

"It hasn't started to swell yet but on Monday they'll take him for a check-up and scan and then we shall give the news.

"He had to come off because he just couldn't carry the body any more, and then we had to make the substitution of Parker."

Amakhosi next visit Mamelodi Sundowns in Tshwane on October 17 after the FIFA international break.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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