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Steve Komphela focused on the positives ahead of Chippa United visit

Posted: 6 December 2017 Time: 14:51

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has drawn positives from his side's recent run of results ahead of their Absa Premiership visit to Chippa United.

Chiefs have travelled to Port Elizabeth for the second time in just over a month, as they look to prove their 1-0 Telkom Knockout quarterfinal win over the Chilli Boys at the same venue on November 5 was no fluke.

While their cup run showed some vigour before getting knocked out by eventual champions Bidvest Wits in the semifinals, Amakhosi have not won a game in the league since beating Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 on October 17.

Komphela, though, has opted to look on the bright side ahead of this evening's encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, as he revealed extra work had been put into the last two weeks' preparations.

“We are unbeaten for five league games in a row,” Komphela told his club's website. “However, we have only won once, drawing the other four. We can do better.

“We worked hard on finishing and, with a bit more composure in the box, I am confident that we will beat Chippa. Make no mistake, Chippa are dangerous. They have lethal players and their build-up play is something to look out for.

In our previous encounters they didn’t allow us to build up from the back and they were very robust in their play. We are bringing our A-game tonight. The lads looked sharp in training and the mood in the camp is good.

We are looking forward to the game. Of course, Chippa have proven to be a hard nut to crack this season.

Komphela also expects an exciting bout against Teboho Moloi's troops in front of a lively crowd in the Friendly City, which he hopes will rub off on the players.

The game will be interesting to watch, that’s for sure. The atmosphere will be fantastic as always, with an enthusiastic crowd at the stadium. I am hopeful that with the positive energy flowing from the stands that the players will respond accordingly by scoring goals,” he added.

“We have addressed the issue of consistency in our play. Our preparations were spot on and I hope that we can take the quality of the form shown in our recent practice sessions into our game.

Meanwhile, rightbacks Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Kgotso Moleko have not been included in the matchday squad, while striker Ryan Moon and Tsepo Masilela have yet to return to training.

“Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Kgotso Moleko are working their way back to full match fitness, while Ryan Moon and Tsepo Masilela are still recovering respectively from a jaw and ankle injury," concluded Komphela.

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Article by: Chad Klate
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