Komphela: Christmas came early

Premiership

Chiefs ended a five-game winless run in the league as they walked away 1-0 victors over Dikwena at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday evening.

Following a barrage of criticism in recent weeks, which saw fans again calling for his head, Komphela dedicated the win as an early Christmas gift to the Amakhosi faithful.

“This is one for our supporters. We will record this as Christmas came early for our loyal supporters,” Komphela told his club's website.

“We will gain confidence from this win, although we are not playing as fluent as we should and we didn’t perform well in the first half. But a win is a win.

The result has since seen The Glamour Boys return to third position on the standings – with 19 points from 14 matches, trailing archrivals Orlando Pirates by one point, while leaders Mamelodi Sundowns are three points ahead.

The former junior national team coach also reiterated praise for his senior personnel, and embraced the selection headache he faces for their final clash of the year against Ajax Cape Town this weekend.

“Itumeleng Khune and Siphiwe Tshabalala have loads of experience and that’s something you can’t buy in a supermarket," he added

“It was a good decision to start with Parker and ‘Shabba’ on the bench, as they made an immediate impact after coming on in the second half.

“Shabba provided us with options. Don’t forget as well that we still have to continuously adjust as we have a few important players out injured.

“Luckily, these are now getting close to full fitness, which will give us a nice headache when it comes to team selection.”

Chiefs will host the Urban Warriors at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 20h15.

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