Steve Komphela empathises with supporters following Telkom Knockout exit
Posted: 19 November 2017 Time: 09:07
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela bemoaned the apperance with which the fans left following their Telkom Knockout defeat to Bidvest Wits on Saturday afternoon.
A 10-man Chiefs missed out on their first cup final appearance in 23 months after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the Bidvest Stadium.
A packed stadium, which left many in waiting and watching from the periphery, had dispersed within seconds of refree Victor Gomes blowing the final whistle.
Komphela empathised with the Amakhosi faithful as he expressed his sorrow over the manner in which they were knocked out of the league cup, while arguing that, even with 10 men, they should have walked away winners.
“We have so much respect for them [supporters], and I’m sure they feel for the players – they saw the amount of effort, more especially in the second half, that the players put in. With the chances we created, it was just unfortunate," said Komphela.
“It’s not nice to see your people leave the stadium without victory, and you only ask yourself, ‘were they silent because they saw what transpired or are they still feeling the pain of not winning the match?’
“We don’t like that. We would have loved to see them [happy]. It was possible to win this match, even though we were one-man down, with respect to Bidvest Wits – they didn’t pose too much of a threat.
“We should have won the match, but it happens. [The lesson is] take your chances, equalise and then try to find a winner.”
Komphela was spotted offering conciliatory handshakes to one supporter in particular who had been chanting his name, and wanted to offer the coach some encouragement after the match.
“These are human beings, when they are angry they will obviously show their anger. When they are happy, they show their appreciation,” he defended.
“And I went there just to go and greet, because he had been calling and calling. At times they do call and tell you how they’re feeling, if they are not happy, it’s okay that they explain themselves.
“We are not robots, we are human beings. We’ve got to listen to our people, when they are not happy we have to understand that.”
The Glamour Boys next visit AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium as they return their focus to the league, where they currently sit in fifth position – just three points off leaders Baroka – after 10 games.
Komphela has emphasised the importance of bouncing back from the disappointment of their cup exit, in order to prove their champion-like mettle.
“We need to go to Durban and get a result. The essence of a champion is not falling, the concern should be the rise, so that’s what we’re concerned about now,” he concluded.