Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela explains (in his exceptional English) his team has not been winning the games they should because of the stiff competition in the Premiership this season.
Kaizer Chiefs have managed to win only one in their last five games in all competitions. Coach Steve Komphela does not lay the blame on his inability to coach but on how tough the PSL has been this season.
Another knockout competition and another elimination for Steve Komphela’s Kaizer Chiefs. With his future at the club in doubt, how does Komphela rationalise another semifinal exit?
A red card was shown to Wiseman Meyiwa, who wasn’t so wise (you saw that coming didn’t you?), for stamping on Daine Klate leg. The resulting freekick was played into the Kaizer Chiefs box, Wits’ Mkhwanazi headed the ball across to Keene who finished it off with his own header to put Bidvest Wits one goal up and effectively ending the game.
Steve Komphela attributed Kaizer Chiefs’ TKO win to the consistency of his formation but, a week ago he said this line up was forced upon him due to injuries.
Only a wordsmith like Steve Komphela could say two contradicting statement in a space of a week without detection.
Steve Komphela has been playing a defensive formation in the last couple of games, is this because he is a scaredy-cat or is it because he has no choice?
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has employed the 5-3-2 formation, which transitions into 3-5-2 when attacking, in his team’s last two games. Against tough opposition in CAF champions Mamelodi Sundowns and rivals Orlando Pirates, Amakhosi managed to pinch four out of a possible six points.
Komphela says the formation was necessary due to injuries to four of his key defenders which required him to play a winger Joseph Malongoane, who weighs 35kg’s and is 1.3 meters tall, as a right wing-back and central defender Siyabonga Ngezana, who hasn’t hit puberty yet, in the middle of his defence.
Kaizer Chiefs are on a good run of two wins and one draw in their latest three games. Major victories against Cape Town City and Mariztburg United have brought Amakhosi back into the league challengers conversation but, the Glamour Boys have nothing to brag about as their performances have been unimpressive.
Steve Komphela’s Kaizer Chiefs have pulled a seven-point iNumba Namba heist from their last three matches. First against Cape Town City who dominated the ball and the goal scoring opportunities but lost 2-0, their second game versus 10-men Bidvest Wits followed the same pattern but Amakhosi managed to get a draw, and finally, last night they played Maritzburg United who had more shots on target than they had throw-in’s as per Some Soccer Stats Company.
Yes, this is football. Ball possession, shots on target or spitting on people (Gabadinho Mhango you should be ashamed of yourself) means nothing if you cant put the ball in the back of the net. But, the amount of time and space Kaizer Chiefs afforded their opponents to pick a pass, put in a cross, and or even strike at goal is amateurish. Below average players can hurt you if they are given time and space on the ball. Amakhosi were saved by last-ditch tackles and an amazing Itumeleng Khune.
Against Maritzburg United Itumeleng Khune won his third man of the match in a row. As much as Khune is appreciative of the extra cash that comes with the award because all his six girlfriends are high maintenance I doubt that he is happy with his defence making working so hard. I counted as 3768 shots on goal last night. His wrist and body must be aching this morning after all those saves he had to make.
Kaizer Chiefs cannot continue like this, it’s only a matter of time till a team puts them to the sword. Kaizer Chiefs teams should not be looking to defend a 1-0 lead from the 13th minute. Understandably they are low on confidence at the moment but Steve Komphela should be working on, at the bare minimum, putting pressure on the ball when the opposition has it.
Another issue is the lack of numbers in attack. Countering with only Simphiwe Tshabalala and Gustavo Paez won’t cut it. Midfielders like George Maluleka and Bhongolwethu Jayiya must be breaking their necks to get into advanced positions when Amakhosi are on the break.
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