Komphela welcomes nice headache

Nedbank Cup

Chiefs will be looking to continue on their prime form when they put their 14-game unbeaten run on the line, and hope to make it five wins on the trot, when they host the defending cup champions at the FNB Stadium on Saturday (18h00).

Having had the week off following their 1-0 victory over Chippa United in Nelspruit on the weekend, Amakhosi come into this tie at a slight advantage over their counterparts, who were in league action on Wednesday evening.

Komphela, though, remains wary of the physical load on his players as he looks to keep his squad fresh for cup and plenty of league action over the next five weeks.

"I think we are okay, our preparations have been going well," said Komphela. "Above all is the question of rest between the matches, which I'm sure [Stuart Baxter] must have alluded to [because] they just played last night.

"We've had a bit of an advantage, and we're trying to manage our players so that they at least get into a match fresh – we know how it is [with hectic fixture schedules].

"The more football you play sometimes you get tired, either mentally or physically, so we're trying to keep them fresh."

Regarding injuries, the former Maritzburg United mentor is looking forward to a selection headache, with second-choice goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo the only unavailable player following his ankle surgery.

"We'll be completing the preparations tomorrow [Friday] and then we'll be ready for Saturday, so far so good," he added.

"In terms of injuries, the only player we're missing is Brilliant Khuzwayo, who is still on crutches. The rest is more like your usual niggles and knocks, and all that.

"We're looking forward to having everybody available tomorrow night so we can have a nice headache before the match on Saturday."

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