Komphela wary of overload


Chiefs defeated Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday as goals from George Maluleka and Gustavo Paez moved them to within two points of Absa Premiership leaders Bidvest Wits, though they have played two games more.

Next up is a home clash with Chippa United and Saturday and Komphela says it is crucial his players get the right recovery.

“What is important is to take one match at a time, we are delighted we got victory, it was not easy,” Komphela told SuperSport TV.

“The most important thing now is to go back to the hotel … it is all about hydration, nutrition and recovery. Tomorrow we will go back to Johannesburg and do some regeneration and some maintenance for those that stayed at home.

“We then look forward again to match on Saturday, they are coming thick and fast and the most important thing is to stay fresh."

Komphela was pleased with another goal from Paez, his third in two games, and says it is nice to have a selection headache over who to start.

“It’s good, it gives lots of confidence again. But the headache now is what do you do with [Bernard] Parker, who is also helping you? What do you do with Shabba [Siphiwe Tshabalala], you still have [Hendrik] Ekstein and [William] Twala. There are a lot of them.

“That is the beauty of football and our supporters love all of them, they wish they could have all 30 players on the field, but you can only play 11.

“I am happy for Paez, another goal again and one that was highly opportunistic.”

Parker will be suspended for the clash with Chippa, but Komphela says that may be an opportunity for a well-deserved rest.

“Sometimes these things happen, one meat’s meat is another man’s poison. Berney comes out and we will miss him, but in between give him the opportunity to recover.”