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Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela ready for tough Polokwane City challenge

Posted: 12 January 2018 Time: 13:00

Kaizer Chiefs mentor Steve Komphela has described Polokwane City coach Bernard Molekwa as “smart” ahead of their Absa Premiership meeting at FNB Stadium tomorrow (20h15).

City stunned log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in Polokwane last weekend, coming from a goal down to beat the former African champions 3-2 in an exciting game.

Komphela has watched that game and would have seen how Molekwa used the likes of Jabulani Maluleka, Rendani Ndou and Rodney Ramagalela to open up the Sundowns defence.

After that hard fought win over Downs, Rise and Shine will no doubt be looking to upset Amakhosi, but Komphela has stressed that they will be ready for what Molekwa’s team will bring on the day.

“They’ve got Maluleka, they’ve got Ramagalela who is on song and they have Rendani Ndou. They are business-like and they work very hard and you could see that over the weekend [against Sundowns]. They are coming, so we have to be ready. They have a smart coach. He’s very humble, but smart,” Komphela said earlier this week.

“They have confidence and you can see that the man who is sitting on the bench tells them ‘listen you are good enough, go out there and play’. But there’s a guide.”

Chiefs currently sit in fourth place on the standings, eight points behind Sundowns. Komphela says it is not good enough and has called for his side to start taking their chances in front of goal to give themselves a chance of winning the league title.

Chiefs have scored 13 goals in 15 matches this season and Komphela hopes new signings Leonardo Castro, Siphelele Ntshangase and Kabelo Mahlasela, who is out nursing an injury, can help improve their finishing in front of goal.

“By our standards not. We should have done better [in the first half of the season] and when you look at the log it gives you’re a true reflection of what you have done, that you are not scoring enough. Against SuperSport [last weekend at Mbombela Stadium] you saw how many chances we created, but we lack the confidence and courage to finish. Will we get it from the new inclusions? We hope so."

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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