Steve Komphela blames social media for Kaizer Chiefs' woeful form in front of goal
Posted: 7 December 2017 Time: 13:45
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes social media has affected his players as their struggles on the pitch continue.
Chiefs have been huffing and puffing this season but have yet to show any real impetus as they occupy seventh spot, with 16 points from 13 games, on the Absa Premiership table.
The Glamour Boys suffered their third defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 away to Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Their winless run has now stretched to five league games, while they have only managed one goal since their 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in mid-October.
Amakhosi had a number of chances to draw level after Chippa's early opener, but wastefulness in front of goal once again proved a thorn in their side, as fans at the stadium and on social media expressed their displeasure at the result.
While Komphela has willingly stood in the firing line in media interviews, the former Bafana Bafana captain bemoaned the abuse players are getting on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
"Unfortunately we are living in the social media era where everything is in the players’ faces‚" Komphela said after the match in Port Elizabeth.
"At the end of the game the player goes out and checks [what people are posting about him]. If he has missed chances‚ they say he is a cow‚ he is this and that.
"That player is obviously going to be affected emotionally and mentally, and he is not going to be the same player in terms of trying to score in the next game.
"He won’t want to get into a position which is going to expose him because after trying and failing he faces abuse."