Steve Komphela: Kaizer Chiefs still in title race despite loss to Orlando Pirates
Posted: 7 March 2018 Time: 12:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela insists the team will continue to push for the league title as long as the numbers add up.
Chiefs' 3-1 Soweto Derby loss to Orlando Pirates on the weekend leaves Amakhosi eight points shy of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with seven matches left.
“Seven matches to play you still have to stay positive. In any scenario where mathematically you are in, you still have to keep pushing,” Komphela said.
“Some people in England are [on] 75 points and about 15 and 16 ahead of everybody else and people have a huge professional responsibility to deliver a product.
“People are out there to see the show, so we cannot stop the show because of whatever reasons. So we will have to keep pushing and performing.”
Komphela, however, concedes the defeat to Pirates was a major blow to their ambitions.
“You don't know what's going to happen with the rest of other matches, at the back of that you don't want to regret.
“Are we lacking behind a little bit? Yes we did, it was a massive opportunity for us to get closer to Sundowns.
“Orlando Pirates they are there, it is a hell of confidence booster. It could have been for us, that's the beauty of football.
“What's the difference between Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates? It is there. The three points [lost], should it write us off? I don't think we feel like that. We have the obligation and responsibility to keep on performing.”
Komphela's men next face Stellenbosch FC in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday (20h15).