Steve Komphela praised Kaizer Chiefs' resilience against Chippa United
Posted: 5 November 2017 Time: 18:43
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was relieved after his side claimed a 1-0 win over a strong Chippa United side.
Bernard Parker's first-half penalty saw the AmaKhosi secure their spot in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals, where they will Bidvest Wits.
Komphela praised the Chilli Boys and also lauded his charges for keeping their fourth clean sheet in five games.
"Very difficult match, it's a confirmation that this Chippa team are no pushovers. Compliments must be given to Teboho [Moloi] and his team. His team is fighting. But I must also compliment my people for the resilience and withstanding the pressure. We could have been swift on transitions. They were in attack and gave us the opportunity on the break," the former Free State Stars mentor told SuperSport TV.
"The free-kick goal for [Willard] Katsande. Was he still in line? I still have to look at that. But they gave a good account of themselves, we're happy with the result."
Komphela also gave an update on the injury sustained by Itumeleng Khune but did not have conclusive information.
"It's unfortunate we lost Khune, we will see what happens with him. I was just afraid that goodness me could this be so disastrous that luck is not on our side? We are lucky to have survived and won the match," he added.
"I tried to pick up but I didn't see anything. I hope nothing major. The small report we got was that the eye was swollen but we don't know to what extent and you don't want to exaggerate your report.
"I must compliment this Chiefs team. The past four or five matches we didn't concede except for the penalty we conceded against Sundowns. It's clean sheets. And at the back of it we were panicking that our defenders are dropping [getting injured] I don't know like what."