Absa Premiership

Komphela: We made our lives difficult

2017-04-10 12:02
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says his side lacked 'patience and maturity' in their Nedbank Cup win over rookies Acornbush United.

The third tier side took a 1-0 lead before the break at the Kabokweni Stadium on Sunday despite playing with 10 men after Sandy Nyathi was sent off.

It took two goals in the final 12 minutes of the game from Gustavo Paez to ensure Amakhosi avoided a massive upset.

Komphela admits his side were not at their best and had several areas of concern.

"We made our lives difficult. We all know it is a nightmare for any full-back to defend a diagonal ball, but the pace of Sidumo going and anticipating the crosses, he left the full-back for dead," said the Chiefs mentor as quoted by Soccer Laduma.

"We lacked the patience and maturity to deal with the match of this calibre. Matches like this, you can't run with the ball, because the excitement of the opponent is 'I want to mark this one who plays for Chiefs'."

Komphela was pleased for Paez, who came off the bench to grab a brace and now has three goals in the Nedbank Cup.

"Paez, happy for him. We have to manipulate the match because the team on the field is trying their utmost best, but the result is not coming and time is running out.

"Compromise a few players, make unpopular decisions, but you are trying to get a victory. I must compliment the players for understanding what we are going through," the former Bafana Bafana defender explained.

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