Absa Premiership

Pitso, Komphela ready themselves for TKO test

2015-12-10 09:10
Steve Komphela plans to leave a strong legacy at Kaizer Chiefs. PHOTO: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

Cape Town - The 2015 Telkom Knockout final is set to bring two of the most revered coaches in South Africa together in a classic encounter.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane will be appearing in his eighth cup final as a coach, to go with numerous as a player, and has tasted recent success when he helped The Brazilians to Nedbank Cup success at the end of last season.

At the other end of the spectrum is Kaizer Chiefs’ Steve Komphela who will be looking at winning silverware with the Soweto giants and this year’s Telkom Knockout gives the coach the opportunity to do just that.

Komphela recently joined Amakhosi and will certainly cement his place in the hearts of the fans should he guide Amakhosi to cup glory.

“With Kaizer Chiefs, when you come here, you accept the job and you just have to know that you have to come to finals and not only be there but win it.

“We will do everything in our strength to win it for our supporters” says Khompela.

Mosimane has claimed victory in three of his seven cup final appearances and this will be his fourth final against Chiefs, having won the previous three, the victory coming 2004 Top 8 decider.

But this would also be a period of disappointment for the then SuperSport coach as they lost to Chiefs in the 2004 League Cup and 2006 Top 8, to Bloemfontein Celtic in the 2005 Top 8, and to Jomo Cosmos in the 2005 League Cup.

He too knows that any Sundowns coach is judged on the silverware he delivers to the trophy cabinet at Chloorkop and as such defeat in Durban would be a blow.

“The Telkom Knockout is important to us,” says Mosimane.

“When I first came here we went to the final, last year we lost in the semi-final. This cup has been drifting away from us, so we must try and bring it closer to us.

“It’s important for the confidence of the team and the supporters’”

The final will be played in front of a sold out Moses Mabhida Stadium on the Day of Reconciliation, December 16.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

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