Absa Premiership

Komphela delighted by squad depth

2015-11-24 19:58
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admits the quality in his squad constantly gives him selection headaches, but he is glad to have them.

The most obvious case is Hendrick Ekstein, who looked to be on his way out of the club after being relegated to the reserve team last season.

However, he forced his way back into the first team, and became a firm fan favourite in the process, with an impressive season in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.

"He's [Ekstein] doing very well. He's highly talented and this is why we are saying all the 30 players we signed are all quality players," Komphela told KickOff.

Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane came on as a second-half substitute to score a vital 97th-minute equaliser to earn Kaizer Chiefs a point against Martizburg United at the weekend.

"And no wonder when you introduce Yeye they [fans] still like him," Komphela added.

"Now you as a coach you have a serious predicament 'that goodness me I need to make a change with someone quality who is going to affect the game. But who do I bring out?'

"Which is why sometimes, at some stage, we brought out 'Pa' [Gaxa] and then brought in Yeye and moved 'Sheriff' [Baloyi] on the right side because you don't want to compromise the quality on the field.

"You can imagine if you put in Yeye and pull out Ekstein, or would you pull out Baloyi, or would you take out Lebese? They're all quality players and when it is like that, you feel blessed."

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