Komphela: We played with our heads

2015-08-31 12:15
Steve Komphela (Supplied)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela felt his charges adapted well to the change in tactical approach from Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 semi-final second leg.

George Lebese's first-half strike clinched a 1-0 win for Amakhosi as they progressed to the MTN8 final thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory.

It was by no means a straightforward task for Chiefs, though, as they were forced to adapt their own tactics to deal with the threat posed by Celtic.

"This match was no different from the first," Komphela told his club's official website.

"It was as tough. However, Celtic changed their tactical approach. We had to adapt.

"Credit to my players, we played more with our heads than our feet."

Komphela added: "The moment we saw Celtic's team sheet, we had to start thinking again. Were they playing 3-5-2 or what... It was a challenge.

"Doctor (Khumalo, Chiefs' assistant-coach) and I checked and found out. We saw an opportunity on the right, through Siboniso Gaxa and Siphiwe Tshabalala."

The Chiefs coach also had words of praise for Siboniso 'Pa' Gaxa, who claimed the man-of-the-match award for his performance against Celtic.

"Pa's performance was probably a culmination of the way the opponent was set-up," Komphela mused.

"Again, I am thankful for the way my players responded to the last minute tactical changes."


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