Steve mindful of Shabba, Parker load
Posted: 3 November 2017 Time: 09:30
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is trying to manage the workload of experienced attackers Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker.
Chiefs have been on the road since their Soweto Derby stalemate with Orlando Pirates on October 21, beating AmaZulu 3-0 in Durban in the Telkom Knockout before playing to a goalless league draw with Polokwane City in Limpopo on Tuesday.
Amakhosi next travel to Port Elizabeth to face Chippa United in the quarter-finals of the TKO at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday (15h30).
Komphela admits their itinerary has been demanding.
"It's a bit hectic, which is why I thought we would have wrapped up the match in time so they we can give them a bit of a break," he said after the contest with Rise and Shine at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
"Last week we gave Parker less 20 minutes, 'Shabba' less 20 minutes. I thought I would cut miles on their legs. Today I couldn't. It was also psychological to say, let's just bring Shabba out. As if, you know how it is, it's all in the mind. But still he played something like 90 [minutes], Parker the same.
"And you could see [Joseph] Molangoane as well, he's putting a lot in his legs. Philani Zulu as well. We are just praying and our numbers are not as complimentary, we are very few.
"We will have to go back, regroup and prepare ourselves for East London [PE]."