Absa Premiership

Komphela: Complaining won't help

2016-03-10 18:00
Steve Komphela (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Unlike his counterparts, Gavin Hunt and Pitso Mosimane, Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela refuses to complain about the fixture congestion that makes things hard for South African clubs involved in CAF competitions.

Amakhosi have only two days to prepare for their clash against ASEC Mimosas on Saturday in the first leg of their first round Caf Champions League tie after going down 2-0 to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

This while their opponents, the Ivory Coast side, arrived in the country on Wednesday and had ample of time to prepare.

Chiefs won't have that luxury leading up to the return leg in Abidjan because they have an Absa Premiership fixture against Jomo Cosmos on Tuesday before that tie on the weekend of 18-20 March.

"Complaining won't help," Komphela said.

"The moment you get your fixtures you just have to start planning and already for the whole month we know all the activities.

"After the match against Platinum Stars we knew we had to go back and regenerate on Thursday and then start preparing for the match on Friday while we have another match on Tuesday.

"It's the price you pay of being a top team.

"I would be complaining if there was a preferential treatment to other teams and we aren't getting the same. Everybody goes through the same.

"Maybe the argument, even abroad they make it, that the federation or the organisation must make it a bit easier for the teams that are campaigning in the continent.

"If it's possible it would be done. I am sure that our administrators are aware, if there are any opportunities to give us an advantage with the rest of the continent they would do so. One can't sit and point fingers. Where we are we have a plan and we are following it."

Chiefs' clash against ASEC will not be televised.

"We had negotiations but we didn't reach an understanding with any of the broadcasters," Chiefs communications manager, Vina Maphosa, said.

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