Komphela: Tight and I go back
Posted: 19 October 2017 Time: 11:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was pleased to see Joseph Molangoane manage his defensive duties against Mamelodi Sundowns as he considers his playing options for the Soweto Derby.
Komphela, whose squad has been hard-hit by injuries, deployed the attack-minded Molangoane in a wingback role in the 2-1 win over Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday night.
The former Maritzburg United mentor was satisfied with the efforts of 'Tight', who has seen limited game-time this season.
“There was a stage when I thought he was getting too excited and now wanted to attack unnecessarily and wanted to expose the wing position,” says Komphela.
“Tight is good player, it's just unfortunate he got sick and there was a lot of crap spoken which wasn’t it. Tight got sick and was under medication and came back. He missed two training sessions if I am not mistaken.
“I have history with Tight; I worked with Tight at Platinum Stars. I know Tight even when he was with [Harold] 'Jazzy Queen' Legodi. Tight used to play right-back.
“The only thing was can he cope at this level when you are playing against Sundowns. You are not playing a team that is just modest, but I think he did well.
“We knew he will win his one-on-ones but how much distance do you want him to cover? You still want to leave him with the excitement of attacking and we are happy he gave us that.”
Meanwhile, Komphela is embracing the pressure that comes with occupying the Amakhosi hotseat.
“My man there is no relief. Even now we just said to the players you only got three points for Chiefs. The expectations are the same and we haven’t done anything.”
He added: “Maybe we should be more under pressure. You know when you are under pressure you think better: you don’t relax, you don’t sleep, that’s when you are at work.”
The Glamour Boys next host Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday (15h30).