Absa Premiership

Komphela: Chiefs can cope without Mathoho

2016-08-26 17:57
Eric Mathoho (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is confident the squad has enough depth to make up for the the absence of injured Eric Mathoho in central defence.

The 26-year-old has become something of a stalwart at the heart of Chiefs' back-four but was injured at the Rio Olympics playing for the South Africa under-23 side. Tower tore ankle ligaments and it is unknown how long he might remain out of action.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Lorenzo Gordinho started as Chiefs' centre-back pairing in the 2-1 loss to Bidvest Wits, however, they at times struggled to cope with the physicality of Gavin Hunt's direct tactics.

Nonetheless, Komphela asserts the club have a plan to cope without Mathoho and is looking to his other defenders to help fill Tower's void.

He told the club's official website, "It's always sad to lose a player of his strength and capabilities. However, this is an opportunity for other centre-backs to show face, like Rama Mphahlele, Lorenzo Gordinho and Siyanda Xulu. Mainly, you look for consistency in that crucial defensive role."

The Glamour Boys take on Cape Town City in an MTN8 quarter-final on Friday. The action gets underway from 20:00 at Cape Town Stadium.

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