Absa Premiership

Komphela wary of complacency

2015-10-30 18:00
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is uncomfortable with the idea his side are the favourites to win the Soweto Derby on Saturday, October

Chiefs are one of only two unbeaten sides remaining in the Premiership after the first eight fixtures, while Pirates have only won one of their opening seven games and sit a solitary point above the relegation places.

However, despite their indifferent domestic form, the Buccaneers have shown a different level in continental competition, advancing all the way to the CAF Confederation Cup final and Komphela is well aware this will not be an easy game for his charges.

"I don't want us to carry the favourites tag," Komphela told KickOff.

"Favourites have a problem because underdogs can kick butt sometimes.

"So we don't even want to raise the hopes of our people and say now we are in a position where we are saying it is ours.

"We still have to go through the match on Saturday but, when you look at how things have been, we have been in a position where we can dictate and determine our fate.

"Unfortunately in some instances they have gone through some shock waves and for us we hope one of those shock waves comes again on Saturday," he concluded.


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