Absa Premiership

Komphela: Stakes get higher

2015-11-02 13:30
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is aware his side faces increased scrutiny after losing to Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby on Saturday.

Amakhosi suffered their first defeat of the league season against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates with an emphatic 3-1 loss at the FNB Stadium.

Goals from Issa Sarr, Ayanda Gcaba and and Thamsanqa Gabuza overpowered the lone first-half strike from Eric Mathoho.

Komphela praised Pirates for the pace and energy at which they move the ball forward, and conceded they lost to the better team on the day.

"We had a bad day in the office," Komphela told the club's official website.

"My compliments go to Orlando Pirates. Pirates played with high energy.

"It's never easy to lose a match, certainly not a derby. When they got the ball, their transition forward was fast, with the intent to hit.

"Instead, we took it a bit slow in the transition. We have to go back to the drawing board and rectify this.

"Each time we lose a match, the stakes get higher. It's important that we respond to today's set-back."

Chiefs' have very little downtime before their next Absa Premiership encounter as they host Golden Arrows on Tuesday, November 3.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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