Komphela aims to 'bypass' Downs


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Chiefs are currently on a four-match unbeaten run, having picked up three wins and a draw since their last defeat to Chippa United at the start of December last year.

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Subsequently, they find themselves in fourth position – five points adrift of leaders Sundowns, with Cape Town City and Free State Stars one and two points above them respectively.

Komphela admits his former employers Ea Lla Koto are doing well with what they have at their disposal under coach Luc Eymael, and says it gives a very competitive feel to the PSL.

“It’s good for Free State Stars. I think for the technical team, the amount of work put in and the support from the administration, it makes it easy and possible for them to perform,” said Komphela.

“It shows how tight and competitive the Absa Premiership can get. We can only wish them well, but we have to keep in there and we still need to kill at least two more matches.”

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Amakhosi next visit hoodoo opponents Baroka, who they have not beaten in four previous competitive meetings, this weekend, before hosting The Brazilians at FNB Stadium next Saturday.

Komphela insists they need to focus solely on themselves and not on the league frontrunners, but believes they can still catch up and even leapfrog Sundowns.

“You can’t hope that Sundowns will lose two matches just with ease. So you have to concentrate on yourself and keep pushing, hoping that you’ll catch them and bypass them,” he added.

“The league is going to be very difficult. There’s going to be three or four teams that can easily compete for it.”

The last time Chiefs and Sundowns met in their first round league tie earlier this season, The Glamour Boys walked away 2-1 victors at Loftus Versfeld.

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