Cape Town - Kaizer
Chiefs coach Steve Komphela feels that midfielder Hendrick Ekstein is
becoming increasingly dangerous around the opposition box.
Ekstein has been in industrious form recently, having scored in the
3-0 win over AmaZulu in the Telkom Knockout last weekend while also
creating an assist for Bernard Parker in a 2-1 league win over Sundowns.
Komphela believes that the 26-year-old is now starting to find his
full potential and says 'Pule' has also been helped by the encouragement
of his team-mates.
"With regards to Ekstein, George Maluleka will tell you, they were
always on his case. There's a couple of things that he still needs to do
to complete his game to be a threatening player," Komphela was quoted
saying by KickOff.
"But confidence-wise, he's grown. One thing that I can disclose which
is apparent, is upon receiving the ball he is getting forward,
effecting the game.
"Previously Ekstein will play square, back without wanting to take a
risk. But I think now he's wearing a risk cap and it's paying off."
The Amakhosi coach foresees the potential for Ekstein to get even better.
"An Ekstein oozing with confidence, with the technical ability that
he's got put in the right places with the tactical approach, is a big
"He's very quick with calculations. He's more of a genius. He gets the ball and with no time he just twists things."