Absa Premiership

Chiefs draw leaves Komphela with bitter taste

2016-11-03 12:27
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Steve Komphela says he is not happy that Kaizer Chiefs played to a goalless draw with Baroka at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Premiership on Wednesday.

Amakhosi failed to consolidate top spot in the league table after being frustrated by a resilient Bakgaga defence for most of the encounter, and Komphela lamented his side's lack of urgency when going forward.

"Before you convert you have to generate and create, there’s many scenarios when you have to generate goals or create," he said after the match.

"I thought sometimes we were reluctant to go a bit quicker forward because when they are sitting [back], the only time that you can get an opportunity is when they have the ball. 

"As soon as they lose the ball, [we needed to] have the appetite to hit as quickly as possible.

"(William) Twala gave us a bit of irritation [to their defenders] on the other side [after he came on], we did enter the final third - sometimes the question of taking the right decision, the ball dropping to the right player, and that’s the difference between a 1-0 and a 0-0."

Komphela made three changes to the starting line-up that faced Orlando Pirates - bringing in Tsepo Masilela, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Edward Manqele for Sibusiso Khumalo, Mitchell Katsvairo and William Twala respectively.

Chiefs have not conceded a goal in 540 minutes of action.

"The clean sheet, it’s okay, it’s something positive we can take home but it is important as well to acknowledge that the manner in which you set up in your defence is informed by how you attack," he added.

"Now the way we attack means we have to immediately get on the ball as soon as we lose it, which we opened up a bit, we lost the ball and gave them a breather.

"We have to be on their throats, we have to suffocate them, because the minute you back off, teams that play against us get very excited when they get space.

"I’m delighted with the clean sheet, not happy with the result, we need to start scoring. This is the second match without getting goals and we need to work on that," he concluded.

Komphela will see his side in action on Sunday in a Telkom Knockout quarter-final encounter against Free State Stars.

Kick off is at 15:00.

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