Absa Premiership

Komphela opts to focus on progress

2015-10-13 09:37
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says that he sees progress despite the club ending the weekend with both the first team and reserve side suffering defeats.

According to Kaizer Chiefs website, Komphela does not see their defeat against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup as a problem instead the former Bafana Bafana coach says that progress has been made in many areas of the club after the encounter.

Celtic’s Tshegofatso Mabaso outsprint Chiefs defenders and neatly slotted the ball past Brilliant Khuzwayo to earn Phunya Sele Sele bragging rights in a 1-0 victory.

“We approached the weekend on two fronts,” reviews Komphela.

“Previously, Chiefs would use a mixture of first team players and youngsters from the development side for the Macufe Cup.

“However, this time around we also had the MultiChoice Diski Challenge on Saturday, which meant that no players from the reserve team could participate in the Celtic game.

“Despite this, it was a fruitful exercise as we gave an opportunity to play guys who hadn’t featured much this season when it comes to the first team.”

Meanwhile Chiefs reserves side was beaten 3-1 by Polokwane City.

“We did well on both fronts even though in football we often like to focus too much on results and less on the progress being made, when it comes to developing players or working towards a certain formation.

“In terms of progress, we are fine, but when it comes to results we could have done better last weekend.

“There are some injuries too,” adds the Chiefs coach.

“For example, Levy (Mokgothu) has done well in the MDC matches. However, we could not take him to Bloemfontein, because he has a hamstring problem.”

On the positive side, Morgan Gould returned from injury, playing for 90 minutes against Celtic.

“That was a big plus to see Morgan play the full game. As a result of this, we now have more options in the centre of defence, with Morgan partnering Siyanda Xulu on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Amakhosi will host Mpumalanga Black Aces at the FNB Stadium in an Absa Premiership fixture on Saturday, October 17.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

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