A lot has been said of the Amakhosi playmaker, who has failed to win over the Chiefs fans and seemingly the coach, who dropped him for five successive games towards the end of November and early December.
The 25-year-old was however brought on in Chiefs’ penultimate game of the season – a 3-2 win over Polokwane City – while also given a run in the Glamour Boys’ 2-0 win over Golden Arrows, their last game of 2016.
Despite refusing to divulge the reasons for Ekstein’s five-game break, Komphela says he was happy with what he saw from his midfielder in the club’s last game of the year, and believes he is returning to form.
“Ekstein is okay … he hasn’t been playing in a while,” Komphela told reporters. “Against Polokwane he wasn’t as shiny, but in our last match against Arrows, as soon as he went in, you could see the spark.”
The win against Arrows left the Soweto side in fourth in the Absa Premiership standings, and following a difficult run of late, Komphela hopes the two victories and much-needed festive season break will bring back a rejuvenated side next year.
“We’ve been through some rough times, but let’s enjoy this moment, gather strength and get more energy, so that when we start again in the new year, we will be stronger,” he said.
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