Komphela to assess Chiefs’ finishing

Chiefs have this season dropped nine points in their last four league matches upon entering the final 10 games of the season, and last season they collected just 16 of an available 30 as they ended in fourth position.

In Steve Komphela’s first season at the helm, Amakhosi dropped a staggering 22 points in their final 10 games while in the season before, then-coach Stuart Baxter adversely collected 22 points of the available 30 in the final stretch to secure the championship.

This suggest that the Naturena-based side have since had a major drawback in seeing out the season on a favourable note, and Komphela admits that perhaps some attention needs to be put towards that in their remaining six games.

“It is something we can have a look at, and those who had been here at Chiefs will tell you… There’s a season where Chiefs won the league, but the last five games were so difficult to get through for whatever reason,” noted Komphela, in reference to the 2012/13 season.

“Maybe it is something that we have to check: Is it physical? Is it mental? Because, from a tactical point of view, the approach is still the same and we still try to get the team attacking.

“Why then do we find that, towards the end of the trip or the marathon, we tend to slow down? Maybe it’s something we’ll have to look at [in the remaining games].”

Chiefs still consider themselves title rivals despite a seven-point difference between themselves and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who also have a game in hand.

They face tough clashes in the season’s climax against outside title contenders Free State Stars and Maritzburg United, as well as relegation strugglers Platinum Stars and Ajax Cape Town.

This while their attention is also still on going all the way in the Nedbank Cup, where they will be coming up against Baroka in the quarterfinal next weekend.

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