Absa Premiership

Komphela: We can start working forward

2016-09-22 10:20
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Steve Komphela believes that Kaizer Chiefs' 1-0 victory against Highlands Park on Wednesday night in the Premiership is important for the team's morale.

Amakhosi finally put an end to their eight-game winless streak in all competitions, which dates back to April, when a 61st minute George Lebese penalty handed them their first three points of the season.

Komphela, who has been under massive scrutiny following his team's dismal form, says he is pleased with the result, but lamented his team's failure to take their chances.

"I thought we controlled the second half, even though sometimes I felt we were a little cautious," he said in post-match comments.

"When you are a monster you move into a forest with your eyes closed, sometimes you have to have a little bit of caution and respect for the game because complacency or too much confidence ends up hurting you.

"I thought sometimes we had slightly above average levels of arrogance where we exposed the ball.

"We could have been more careful with the ball.

"In the first half I thought we could have gotten some goals and we didn't take advantage," he said.

Komphela also highlighted one of the Soweto giants' biggest challenges, in addition to stating that a lot of work still needs to be done.

"One of the biggest challenges in a team that builds from the back is that when you start it looks almost lethargic - we need to get into the opponents' half a bit faster - on transition as well, as soon as we regain possession, it is something we need to work on," added the Amakhosi coach.

"We need to work on the energy so we can get an early goal and settle the nerves."

"At the back of this victory, irrespective of how it came, it will give the team more confidence and we can start working forward."

"There is a lot of work to be done."

"Technical and tactical perfection comes from mental comfort. If you are comfortable mentally then any skill you execute you do with ease," he concluded.

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