Amakhosi were ripped to shreds by a ruthless Chilli Boys outfit in their Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the visitors condemning them to a 3-0 defeat.
The result, coupled with others from the weekend, sees Chiefs now occupying fourth position and trailing log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by a massive 10 points.
The Brazilians now need just three more points to place the Glamour Boys mathematically out of the running for the league title, but Komphela retained slight hopes of continuing their fight and collecting points from their remaining four fixtures.
“We’ll have to keep fighting, and accept the fact that for as long as we have matches, we’ll have to keep playing and get points from them,” said a sombre-looking Komphela.
Awful scenes at FNB Stadium right now. Kaizer Chiefs have been the target of projectiles. pic.twitter.com/CBmm1dvnFh— Kick Off (@KickOffMagazine) April 7, 2018
Regarding the reaction from the supporters, who pelted missiles towards the coach and players as they departed the pitch, Komphela admitted he had expected a show of dissatisfaction prior to the unpleasant scenes.
“You can’t be oblivious. There are certain things you prepare yourself for, and that preparation is obviously mental,” he added.
“You get ready for your supporters, they are not happy. Chiefs have never lost 3-0, and the way we lost it as well… Whatever happens, you can’t explain.
“And you obviously have to be strong enough to understand that it’s not going to be an easy one. Do you expect to come out with them throwing roses at us? It would be unfair of us.
“The level of expectation is clear, and when they react like this, you take it and say, ‘Listen, this is an opportunity for us not to lose but learn, so that we do better’.”
Echoes of “Steve Must Go” are circulating around FNB Stadium. pic.twitter.com/3aS00RZ7lS— Kick Off (@KickOffMagazine) April 7, 2018
Meanwhile, despite chants of ‘Steve Must Go’, Komphela kept his cool and vowed to try and stabilise things rather than running away from his duties prematurely.
“I can’t run away and I’m not the kind of guy who runs away from responsibility. If you are a proud person, sacrifice and responsibility are the next logical components you have to embrace yourself in,” he affirmed.
“And then you have to be brave and face it. If I ran away, what should happen to the players? My responsibility is to see to it that I own up and help the players, protect the players, and see to it that things get stable.
“What can you do? You just have to go on. Whatever happens, if you’re going through whatever, it means you deserve it and you go through it – it could be a learning process.
“So, you just carry on with the job. You can’t run away. Maybe we need to go for bravery management, because some people go through anger management.”
All is not lost for The Glamour Boys, however, with a Nedbank Cup semi-final against Free State Stars coming up later this month.