Absa Premiership

Komphela urges patience over Castro, Ntshangase game-time

2018-02-05 14:08
Leonardo Castro (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he is cautious about shaking up his side too much to accommodate new signings Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase.

The two January arrivals have yet to start a match, but have featured regularly off the substitute bench, including in Saturday's 1-1 league draw away at Bidvest Wits.

When asked about their relative lack of game-time so far, Komphela said that he feels it wrong to drop players he feels are contributing positively at the moment, with Chiefs currently on a seven-match unbeaten spell in the league.

"You are always tempted to start with Castro and Ntshangase, but then again if you start Castro, do you put [Ryan] Moon outside, who scored (against Wits)? Do you start with Ntshangase and leave Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala) outside? That's another dynamic," Komphela told the media. 

"Castro and Ntshangase's contributions are very clear. They are there and can even play more minutes than when they arrived, but then again, do you play two number 10's - Shabba and Ntshangase then sacrifice one striker? It's another thing."

Komphela also offered words of encouragement for another of Chiefs' forwards, Gustavo Paez.

"It's all about confidence for Paez. We need to give him confidence by giving him service, playing to his strength," Komphela said. 

"The fact that we have paired him with Moon should give him confidence, but the biggest confidence will come from him, by scoring goals

Amakhosi are next in action when they host Golden Arrows in a Nedbank Cup last-32 match on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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