Komphela gives Hadebe a pass mark

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Hadebe, who joined Chiefs from Zimbabwe's Chicken Inn in July, made his long-awaited debut for the Soweto giants after recovering from an ankle injury.

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The 22-year-old, who featured in the Maize Cup in pre-season, looked assured in Durban as he dealt with the likes of burly Usuthu hitman Rhulani Manzini.

Hadebe slotted in alongside Siyabonga Ngezana and Daniel Cardoso at the back, demoting Bafana Bafana international Erick 'Tower' Mathoho to the bench at King Zwelithini Stadium.

“We know the qualities Tower has and Ngezana. Whenever you play three center-backs it’s a question of finding the chemistry and mixture, where you are having two of them who can man-mark, who are good at marking,” said Komphela.

“Hadebe is good, Tower is good, Ngezana is good. The only difference between Tower and Hadebe is that Hadebe uses the left foot, which I think he passed the test quite well.

“He had a good match in my opinion, dealt with a lot of threats, he could play comfortably with the left foot. And Tower as well coming from Senegal... they had a long trip.

“Even if you picked up ‘Shabba’ [Siphiwe Tshabalala], who went in the second half and with Itu [Khune], because he’s goalkeeper... we don’t expect him to spend too much energy even if fatigue is there.

“But I’m just happy that Hadebe came through.”

Hadebe will hope to keep his place in the team on Saturday evening when Amakhosi face Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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