Komphela relishing Castro introduction
Posted: 8 January 2018 Time: 14:50
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is counting on new signing Leonardo Castro to turn the team’s fortunes around in front of goal following yet another goalless draw over the weekend.
Chiefs were held to their fifth scoreless stalemate this season when they visited SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership fixture at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday evening.
While content with the performance put out by his defence, Komphela rued their failure to find the back of the net but is confident Castro is the man to resolve their scoring problems.
“Our defence has been solid and if we can be more clinical at the other end of the pitch and put away our chances with greater regularity, we’ll be well on our way,” Komphela told his club’s website. “We believe a player like Leonardo Castro will help us with that.
“It’s sad it ended in a draw [against SuperSport] but the energy was right. We were disappointing in the final third. We needed a bit of composure so we could break through and get a goal.
“We are happy with the performance but not the result. However, a point gained is better than three points lost.”
Komphela also conceded that they allowed an opportunity to gain ground on log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns slip through their fingers.
“We had a chance to make up ground on the log leaders but it wasn’t to be,” he added.
“Looking at the circumstances, the opportunity was there for the taking. But at this point, there’s nothing we can do. We will take the point and look forward to the next game.”
Twenty-one-year-old defender Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya also became the fourth academy graduate to make his debut this season, after Wiseman Meyiwa, Kgosto Malope and Siyabonga Ngezana, and Komphela was satisfied with the youngster’s contribution.
“He did well. First matches are always difficult. It’s not easy playing for Chiefs when you’re that young but he did well,” added the former junior national team mentor.
“His defensive discipline and constructive use of the ball when in possession were okay. I’m satisfied with his contribution.
“We told the chairman [Kaizer Motaung] that Ntiya-Ntiya was ready a long time ago and he could slot in at any time.
“Our youth graduates have been impressive this season, including Ngezana and Meyiwa, who both scored on their respective debuts. Credit must go to the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy for their role in bringing them through.”