Steve Komphela explains early substitutions of Wiseman Meyiwa and Bernard Parker against AmaZulu
Posted: 18 March 2018 Time: 12:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has explained the reason for his rather surprising substitutions of Wiseman Meyiwa and Bernard Parker early on in the second half.
Amakhosi were held to a frustrating goalless draw by AmaZulu to further dent their Absa Premiership title hopes on Saturday evening at the FNB Stadium.
Within three minutes after the half-time break, Komphela hurled off Meyiwa and brought on Pule Ekstein, before then replacing Parker with Ryan Moon just two minutes later.
It appeared rather unusual, given that the half-time break provided an opportunity to make changes yet they were held back by a mere six minutes. However, Komphela has provided method to his madness.
“It’s normal in a game where you say players must get ready physically and prepare mentally, perhaps using time to point at what it is that you’re wanting to rectify,” explained Komphela after the match.
“One of the messages to Pule was that, ‘Check the situation with [Butholezwe] Ncube and [Siyethemba] Mnguni, in relation to [Ovidy] Karuru.’
“When [Willard] Katsande was closer to Karuru, the equation in the midfield became a two-vs-two with ‘Shabba’ [Siphiwe Tshabalala] and Meyiwa.
“So I said to Pule, ‘Observe that. When you go in, try to push higher so that we have confrontation on Mnguni and Ncube. Don’t worry much about being alongside Katsande.’
“Those are moments that you choose. On the bench we do communicate and pass on information and, before a player goes on the field, you say, ‘Can you see that?’ Once he says, ‘Okay’, that’s how we solve it.”
Komphela further added that both substitutions were made with the intention of adding more attacking impetus, which he felt made a positive difference in the second half.
“Those things consistently happen in football matches. Coaches change within 20 minutes, it’s tactical; sometimes it’s a forced change. But, for us, we wanted to effect the game.
“Did we effect the game? For sure, there were two different kind of games. In the first half, AmaZulu defended well. Second half, we made it difficult for them to defend well,” he concluded.
With just six game left of their campaign, Chiefs now find themselves seven points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a one-game advantage.