Komphela: Chiefs ready for Lebese and Co

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Chiefs suffered a 2-1 loss to Baroka before the international recess and will look to respond against Tshwane titans Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld this evening.

Amakhosi, who won the annual Macufe Cup with a win over Bloemfontein Celtic on the weekend, are sixth on the Premiership table with nine points from seven games - six points shy of pace-setting Bakgaga.

“The FIFA break got us rejuvenated,” Komphela told his club's website.

“We had an opportunity to manage the team after having a bit of fixture congestion before the break.”

He added: “We corrected the areas that needed attention. We fell short in set-plays in those matches. We also want to improve on keeping the shape as well as improving the conversion rate. We worked on all that and I thought we sampled some tactics successfully in the Macufe Cup friendly.”

Komphela has had to adjust to a raft of injuries, with right-back Kgotso Moleko the latest to be struck down.

“We rested some legs. We are still running low on the availability of some players, especially at the back. Kgotso Moleko is a new casualty. We will be a bit thin in defence, but we will devise a strategy to deal with that.”

Komphela expects Pitso Mosimane's side to be fully focused following their recent quarter-final exit from the CAF Champions League. He is mindful Lebese, who traded Chiefs for Downs in the last transfer window, is a key weapon for the hosts.

“Sundowns is the same team with the same coach,” Komphela said. “We know their plusses and we have prepared to counter that, while we focus on our strengths as well. They have a few combinations and the usual suspects in Khama Billiat, Percy Tau and Hlompho Kekana to watch out for.

“They are fully focused on the league, now that they are out of the CAF Champions League. They seem to send a message about George Lebese as their trump card. We know his qualities. He has been at Chiefs for nearly a decade. We are aware of his technique and his abilities. Accordingly, we will have to contain his threat.”

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