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Ex-Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela points out England and Belgium used 3-5-3 at Russia 2018 World Cup

Posted: 25 July 2018 Time: 18:00

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has pointed out he was hammered for employing the same 3-4-3 formation at Naturena that was on show in the latter stages of the recent World Cup.

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Komphela endured much criticism from the stands - and needed a police escort at times after matches - during his three-year spell in charge of Amakhosi mainly due to the club's failure to win silverware under his watch.

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While his first season at the helm offered much promise as Chiefs reached two finals, fans started turning on Komphela as the trophy drought stretched with many deeming his tactics too conservative and not in line with the club's reputation for playing attractive, adventurous football.

He landed up resigning from Chiefs in April after a Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars triggered violent scenes from supporters at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Komphela has since taken over the reins of financially troubled Bloemfontein Celtic, with Italian Giovanni Solinas now in charge of the Glamour Boys.

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Komphela was hesitant to comment on his time with Chiefs out of respect for his former employers, but noted his 3-4-3 formation was used by World Cup semi-finalists England and Belgium in Russia.

"Two semi-finalist were playing the same 3-4-3 that you slaughtered me for," said Komphela, who was one of the analysts for SABC during the FIFA global showpiece.

"Belgium, the best team in the World Cup. England, unbelievable improvement and I was slaughtered for that ... Unfortunately you guys never remembered.

"I said to you guys, and I said this I'm sure in 2017, I said you must check what is going to happen in Russia 2018 and that was a year back.

"But we don't stand here to come prove a point, we just keep nodding and remembering that, no, no, no, selective memory. This time they don't remember what I said.

"But I did say it."

Asked if he feels free since leaving the high-pressured hotseat at Chiefs, Komphela responded: "I've never felt arrested.

"I always had my chest out. Maybe those thought I was walking ... no, no, no. Go and check the poem by Dr Maya Angelou 'Still I Rise', that was me."

Komphela's first test as Celtic boss is at home against Chippa United on August 5 at Dr Molemela Stadium.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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