Komphela positive despite failure


After getting knocked out in the first round of the Nedbank Cup by arch-rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday, Chiefs only have two runners-up medals in the MTN8 and the Telkom Knockout to show with plenty divine intervention needed for the tiny drops of hope that still remain of their League campaign.

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Chiefs’ title defence is in the Intensive Care Unit and only being kept alive by virtue of mathematics plus plenty of hope that leaders Mamelodi Sundowns falter in the home stretch.

“Very difficult to hope that the other team takes care of your results,” concedes Komphela.

“You’ve got to take care of your own results but one must acknowledge the fact that yes we have been through to two finals and came back without anything and we are just missing out on this one [Nedbank Cup] again. For a team of this calibre this is obviously failure and this has to be looked into.

“The focus will shift as we move into the Absa Premiership and try to see how far you can go but that will depend on Sundowns dropping points. You have to take care of your own business. At the back of a performance like this and mistakes like these then you start to say then we need to think differently if we want to achieve things,” says Komphela.

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The former Maritzburg United coach adds that he will remain positive-minded in the midst of all the sadness that has blanketed those who gesticulate to the Love and Peace slogan.

Failure to beat your biggest rivals in open play in five games – four of which have been official games – is not the kind of start that any coach wants to have in his first year at Naturena and should ring bells of worry.

“Positive, I am a man of positive energy,” defends Komphela. “In the midst of darkness I look at the sky,” he interjects with further resistance to the dejection at Naturena.

“At no stage have I ever been negative in my life because that is how I look at life and that has taken me very far. Even leaving here, I am not going to look at all negatives but just to honour and if there is any coming pressure, this job comes along with pressure and I just have to deal with it and manage it, and we are the ones to absorb that pressure. If you deflect pressure where is it going to? To the players.

“We are accountable to the supporters because honestly as we speak they are not happy that we gave away a match and lost a match irrespective of the circumstances. So how are you going to treat it? Go out there and look at the positives without acknowledging failure and try and get better.

“You cannot get bitter because things didn’t go your way but you need to find a way to say how do I stand and it is at this hour when real characters are either revealed or built. That is the name of the game,” he explains.

Komphela has another two games in different competitions to take care of this week – the League match away at Platinum Stars on Wednesday and the CAF Champions League first round, first leg match against ASEC Mimosas on Saturday at FNB Stadium.