Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela pleased with result after Nedbank Cup quarter-final win over Baroka
Posted: 31 March 2018 Time: 23:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was relieved after his charges clinched a 1-0 victory over Baroka to book a spot in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
Eric Mathoho's first-half header was enough to hand the Soweto giants a win over the Limpopo outfit on Saturday evening in Port Elizabeth.
Komphela came short of saying he’s desperate to win a trophy for the Amakhosi faithful, who have not tasted Cup triumph during his tenure at the club.
“I’m happy with the outcome. But could it had been better? Yes. I think first half we could have gone into the dressing room 4-0. But these things happen in football the most important thing is to move to the next stage and get the confidence,” Komphela told SuperSport TV after the match.
Komphela bemoaned the fans’ behavior of whistling for substitutions at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and also gave his view on Hendrick Ekstein, who was named the Man of the Match.
“All that I wish for is that the supporters must just support the players. Chiefs supporters are loving and peaceful. We want to see that prevailing forever," he added.
“Pule has unbelievable game intelligence. Maybe being supported by Shabba [Tshabalala] two or three heads are better than one. If you can find someone that can help connect in terms of your thinking line, it looks better. He’s very quick. He’s got feet that I don’t understand how come this boy carries a ball like that. He’s growing in confidence.”
The former Free State and Maritzburg United coach was asked if this is the last chance for Amakhosi to win silverware this season.
“I don’t know how much longer will I have to answer this one. It has to be about the supporters. As for me, I don’t want to lie I don’t know how I’m wired. It’s not about me as long as these people can get a trophy. I promise if it happens Chiefs go through [in the final] if it happens I get the medal I’ll throw it to one of the supporters in the crowd. Not that I don’t want it but because they deserve it more. For me, I’m a man at work, I may be at Chiefs for now but I’m in football.”