Absa Premiership

Komphela: It's not about me

2017-04-03 07:42
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela picked up his first victory against Mamelodi Sundowns in their 2-1 victory on Saturday, but stressed that the occasion isn't about him.

Goals by Bernard Parker and Soumahoro Bangali gave Komphela his first victory in five attempts against Pitso Mosimane during his time at the helm of the Soweto giants and the Amakhosi faithful showed their appreciation for the victory following the final whistle with joyous celebrations.

"Those who know me will tell you it is not about me, I don't want it, look at these people here," he said in post-match comments.

"This is unbelievable. If by chance you are given an opportunity to be at a leadership position and you still looking at position and forget the mission then you on the wrong track.

"I didn't care, I do listen, you have to listen I cared, but less. These are the people that deserve it. Each day of our lives as we go to Naturena whatever happens on the road, whatever setbacks we suffer at the backs of this - these are the people that deserve it.

"It is a big match, it's a big match. A big match counts small margins. We needed to control the spaces in the midfield, you open up those spaces they will murder you.

"We needed to stay as compact as possible but I thought we never utilised the windows of opportunities we had. There were instances where we waited, anticipated we cut to the ball but could not proceed from there.

"Now coaches will tell you that your defensive philosophy informs your attacking philosophy now there was no match in terms of how we defended where we were sitting and coming out to finish our actions. But three points, two goals I am a man who never seeks any vengeance. I am man on a mission not a man of position. Not at all forgive me for that," he concluded.

Amakhosi’s next opponents are Acornbush United in a Nedbank Cup last-16 clash at the Kabokweni Stadium on Sunday.

Kick off is at 15:00.

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