Absa Premiership

Komphela: Chiefs fans have a right to feel upset

2016-11-24 14:30
George Lebese (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela feels that the fans were right to feel aggrieved after another negative result against SuperSport United on Wednesday.

George Lebese scored to bring Chiefs back from behind to draw 1-1 after Thabo Mnyamane had given Matsatsantsa the lead at the FNB Stadium.

The Amakhosi supporters were visibly upset after Komphela substituted Lebese with Emmanuel Letlotlo.

"They are right to be disappointed to see Lebese taken off, they love their players, that's one acknowledgement you must make, but with 20 minutes to go, 15 minutes to go we are saying, let's introduce Letlotlo to go run at the other side and see if, with his speed, we can get something, and it wasn't to be," Komphela told KickOff.

"The beauty of coaching is to try to manipulate things going forward and then be accountable for the outcome. But what we wanted to see going forward we got, and also we wanted to exploit the spaces on the sides upon getting the ball, that does why we introduced Letlotlo, and then we went on to introduce Ryan Moon.

"It's not easy for the new players, you're coming, the game is at a certain level [pace and intensity] but slowly and surely they will get there. The result may not be what we wanted but first half we really gave it a go.

"Our team was a bit nervous, we didn't play our game and it's normal at the back of the setback we suffered last that your team is not going to really tick. Football is about confidence; you are as good as how confident you feel."

The Chiefs fans were visibly upset with Komphela and showed their frustration after his post-match interview as TV images captured fans hurling objects and insults at the coach.

Amakhosi next welcome the high-flying Cape Town City to the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.

Kick off is at 19:30.


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