Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela refuses to write off title rivals
Posted: 14 February 2018 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has warned people not to write off the rest of the top five teams in the Absa Premiership title race.
With around 10 games remaining in the league marathon, leaders Mamelodi Sundowns are being chased by Orlando Pirates, Free State Stars, Chiefs and Cape Town City at present.
However, eyes have been fixed on Amakhosi and Komphela, who have not won silverware in their two-and-a-half years of marriage thus far, but the beleaguered tactician refuses to discount their other title rivals.
The Buccaneers are currently in second position – five points off the summit – having played one more game than the rest of the chasing pack, with Chiefs set to face the Citizens this weekend and Sundowns scheduled to entertain Ea Lla Koto next Wednesday.
Having put three goals past Golden Arrows in their Nedbank Cup opener this past weekend – for the first time since a 3-0 win over AmaZulu in October last year – Komphela welcomes the confidence boost, and believes the final stretch is set for an exciting climax.
“The three goals comes as a confidence booster ahead of the remaining Absa Premiership matches, which are going to be very tight and competitive,” said Komphela.
“As Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, we should not forget our neighbours [Pirates, Stars and City]. They are also in the mix and you have to factor them in.
“It’s going to be very interesting, and it’s only good for the Absa Premiership and the game in South Africa. I hope all of us in this industry will take benefit and grow with it.
“It only makes the brand of football in South Africa more competitive and appetising. We’ll give it the best we can in the remaining matches. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll have to give it a go.”
Komphela remains hopeful of gaining ground on Pitso Mosimane’s side, but admits there is no room for error from his own troops in the much-anticipated run-in.
“It’s not over, and you can imagine three points gained and Sundowns dropping three, the gap becomes four; anxiety builds with nine matches to go,” he added.
“There’s no room for mistakes, so it’s going to be very tight – I’ll just leave it there. It’s going to be very interesting.”