Komphela optimistic over Zulu injury
Posted: 4 February 2018 Time: 19:30
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is hopeful Philani Zulu’s injury is nothing serious, despite the defender being stretchered off against Bidvest Wits on Saturday.
Zulu received what looked to be a nasty knock to the ankle, before being replaced by Leonardo Castro shortly after the hour mark in their 1-1 draw at Bidvest Stadium.
The former Maritzburg United fullback was taken straight to the change room before limping out from the tunnel a few minutes later.
Komphela was uncertain of the exact extent of Zulu’s injury but was hopeful that his first-choice left-back would be okay.
“I don’t want to commit. We still have to go to our medics and check, but his ankle got twisted. I hope it’s nothing major,” said Komphela.
With Tsepo Masilela yet to fully recover from ankle surgery he underwent last year, Chiefs are left thin in terms of options at left-back, with Sibusiso Khumalo seemingly out of favour.
However, Komphela believes veteran attacker Siphiwe Tshabalala and newly promoted Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya are both capable of being deployed in the left wing-back position.
“We have Ntiya-Ntiya; we can still play somebody there – ‘Shabba’ did very well there [against Wits]. We’re okay,” he concluded.