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Steve Komphela: 'I am Ready for the Pressure at Chiefs'

Kaizer Chiefs’ empty trophy cabinet is a major concern for head coach Steve Komphela as the new 2017-18 PSL season fast approaches. “The p...

Kaizer Chiefs’ empty trophy cabinet is a major concern for head coach Steve Komphela as the new 2017-18 PSL season fast approaches.

“The positives count for nothing if you don’t have a trophy,” Komphela told the media in Naturena yesterday as Chiefs prepare for this year’s Carling Black Label Champion Cup at FNB Stadium on Saturday (3.30pm).

“The greatest growth happens in discomfort. If you want to grow more, accept more pressure. If you don’t want to grow, sit at home and relax, without any pressure.”
Steve Khompela

The 50-year-old Kroonstad-born, coach, who definitely sports greyer whiskers now than when his tenure at Amakhosi started, said he was now feeling the pressure of having to bring Kaizer Motaung some silverware.

This is his third season with Amakhosi and he is still attempting to win his very first trophy for them. In fact, Komphela has not won any trophy of note since he started his coaching career back in 2002.

The last two seasons have been the worst for Chiefs fans, however, who are used to bagging silverware. Komphela repeated: “If you are a Chiefs supporter and you get nothing, it’s not going well.”

He went on: “Personally, I have not been the same since I came here (to Chiefs).”

He said if he were to rate his pressure at Chiefs, “the first season I was at five, the second season at eight – and maybe I am designed or destined to be at 15. So I welcome the pressure”.

And Komphela has committed players at his disposal, such as veteran defensive midfielder Willard Katsande, who insists that their defence needs to be solid if they are to restore the club’s pride. “If you look at the history of football, the more jealously you guard your goalmouth, the more likely you are to win,” he said.

“We played fantastic football last season, the only problem was that we were conceding too many goals. We are working on our defensive shape to make everyone understand they need to defend properly – even if their role is to attack. Good defending wins you championships,” added Katsande.

“We need to start strong to set the tone and build players’ confidence,” Komphela chipped in, emphasising the fact that they needed to win against Pirates this weekend.

“The mission for this season is to bring excitement through football and please the people (fans), as there are many who want to see the team succeed.”

Komphela, who is still searching for a prolific striker to solve their scoring problems, said Amakhosi’s bragging rights were important too and they would need to make an impact this time around.

He added: “We are happy for Ryan Moon, he scored two goals for Bafana Bafana. He is still young and we know how much talent he has. But if we can get somebody who scores consistently it will help a lot.” - Daily Sun

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