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Kaizer Chiefs: Komphela, Tshabalala Remain Confident

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela praised his side's display of "resilience and courage" in their victory ove...

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela praised his side's display of "resilience and courage" in their victory over Free State Stars in midweek.

Amakhosi edged Ea Lla Koto 1-0 in the Free State on Wednesday evening, as Teenage Hadebe spared his coach and team-mates' blushes with a last-gasp goal in referee's optional time.

Meanwhile, Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is adamant that anything is possible in the Absa Premiership title race and has defended the team’s goal-scoring form.

“I think we’re in a difficult situation. There’s two teams ahead of us with a good gap, but we’re just focused on our own course. We just had a great game last night – a much-needed victory, and there’s five games to go. You know, a lot can happen in that period," said Tshabalala.
Coach and Player Still Confident 

The victory saw Chiefs retain their slim hopes of catching up to front-runners Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership title race.

Komphela felt his charges were not aided by the wet conditions at the Goble Park Stadium but was delighted to have walked away with the three points.

“The most important thing at this stage of the league is the three points. “Three points are all that matters," Komphela commented on his club's website.

“The wet conditions complicated the flow of the game but we kept going. The slippery pitch made the game difficult. Their goalie [Ali Badre Sangare] did well to keep us at bay with several good saves, no wonder that he was selected as the Man of the Match.

"Bernard Parker’s bicycle kick and Leonardo Castro’s header were notable chances, [but] I’m happy with the resilience and courage that we displayed."

Komphela further commented on yet another set-piece goal that was needed to see his side walk away victorious, and felt it was due rewards for his troops' efforts.

"About the goal, it is great to have players that can give you a goal at set-pieces. We continued to knock on the door of the Free State Stars defence and it eventually opened. I saw Teenage praying before the corner was taken.

"I was not surprised when he scored. We wanted to win the game. We are happy with this win. It wasn’t easy but we got what we wanted – the three points.”

Amakhosi are next up against Chippa United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, and the former Bafana Bafana mentor reiterated that they will not throw in the towel in the championship chase.

“We want to accumulate as many points as possible. We are still in the chasing pack, [and] I have said it before – we will remain focussed until the final whistle of the season,” he concluded. - KickOff

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