Absa Premiership

Komphela confident ahead of Maritzburg clash

2016-09-23 17:45
John Pantsil and Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Naturena - Ahead of their must win clash against Maritzburg United this weekend, Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela is confident that his charges will rise to the occasion and will be boosted by their midweek 1-0 triumph over Highlands Park.

The Phefeni Glamour Boys will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they welcome the Team of Choice, in an Absa Premiership clash, at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The 49-year-old tactician hinted that his troops' will be less pressured heading into this encounter and a win over the Lions of the North gave the supporters inspiration to rally behind the mighty Amakhosi.

“Yes a win on Wednesday really boosted our confidence and also for our supporters.” Komphela told Sport24 at the club village.

“And it inspires them (supporters) to see us moving on the log and at least for me it gave me the freedom to work with people (players) with less pressure.

“And you know that you cannot perform to your maximum best when you are under a lot of pressure.

“So at least we got our first three points now, let’s just see what happens next.”

However, Komphela insisted that he is concerned about Amakhosi struggling to reach 5th gear in terms of ball possession despite grabbing maximum points against Highlands.

The Kroonstad born mentor further said it that is not a matter of just celebrating victories while not playing good football.

“Yes, it does matter how three points come, you can’t ignore that because there are two things we always look at.” Komphela stressed

“And that is the performance and results. There are stages were you will only say I want results and the performance will come later.

“And where does performance come from? It comes from confidence. And where does confidence come from? It comes from getting results.

“So it’s a matter of saying which one comes first but at some stage both must be driven.”

 “I hope the results on Wednesday which was a good one will then give them (players) a bit of freshness so that they can bring closer performance and achieve both.” 

Kick-off is at 18:00.

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