‘It’s time to show Chiefs sol­i­dar­ity’

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung has ap­pealed for calm from the club’s sup­port­ers and urged them to rally be­hind the team dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time. While deny­ing there was a cri­sis at the club, Motaung urged the sup­port­ers not to turn their backs on the team. “It’s time to show sol­i­dar­ity be­cause the play­ers need the sup­port­ers most not to dampen their spir­its,” said Motaung.

Motaung has re­ferred to the team’s cur­rent sit­u­a­tion as “a chal­lenge”.

This comes in the wake of coach Steve Kom­phela say­ing he was go­ing nowhere, and the thought of quit­ting “had never crossed his mind”. But he has been strug­gling to get the club back on to a win­ning path.

On Fri­day, Motaung backed his coach, say­ing he had the sup­port of the club’s man­age­ment.

He urged the club’s sup­port­ers to give them a chance to “ad­dress our challenges”.

“We need sober minds when deal­ing with is­sues. We can­not be emo­tional and ir­ra­tional be­cause we are not in a dire sit­u­a­tion,” said Motaung.

He de­nied claims that the club had a cri­sis meet­ing with the coach.

“It takes col­lec­tive and sober minds to ad­dress is­sues. The chair is a man of in­tegrity and is not emo­tional about this. This is not a spaza shop, and we are run­ning a se­ri­ous or­gan­i­sa­tion and have struc­tures and ways to deal with is­sues.”

He said the sup­port­ers must ex­er­cise pa­tience and promised they would soon be happy.

“We un­der­stand their anger and frus­tra­tions, and it’s not like we are not do­ing any­thing about it. But we are not in a cri­sis mood. I mean, we have only played seven games and the league is not a once-off game.

On Thurs­day, Kom­phela in­sisted he was stay­ing put.

This will come as bad news for Amakhosi sup­port­ers, who have been call­ing for Kom­phela’s head and have hoped that he would buckle un­der the pres­sure.

Even though he needed a po­lice es­cort af­ter the club’s 2-1 de­feat to Baroka FC last Satur­day, the un­der-fire coach said he was not a quitter and would not aban­don the Chiefs’ ship.

Kom­phela has been re­peat­edly and se­verely crit­i­cised for the club’s re­cent in­dif­fer­ent re­sults. Chiefs have only two wins from seven matches so far this sea­son.

But Kom­phela said the thought of leav­ing his post had not crossed his mind.

“Win­ners never quit and quit­ters never win. I’m start­ing to think about whether the thought crossed my mind. I’m look­ing more at the project, you know. The ex­cite­ment of challenges is that you want to break through.

“You don’t hover around, think­ing, ‘eish, I’m not break­ing through’. Keep push­ing. Maybe I’ve got a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to life. It didn’t [cross my mind].”

How­ever, Kom­phela was quick to ad­mit that things had not been go­ing well for his side lately.

“One thing we need to get quickly is re­sults. There are two things in foot­ball – re­sults and rea­sons. Peo­ple are sick and tired of rea­sons like ‘we con­ceded from free kicks’ or ‘in the last minute’. They have heard too many rea­sons for too long and now need re­sults. In as much as we are see­ing play­ers putting ef­fort [in], you need re­sults.”

He con­ceded that Amakhosi’s con­fi­dence was low and said only pos­i­tive re­sults could get it back.

“We want re­sults so we can get our con­fi­dence back. There are lots of pluses, but they are over­shad­owed by re­sults. In a game of foot­ball, with no re­sults, there’s noth­ing to cel­e­brate. With re­sults, there could be many point­ers, but with­out them, you are un­der pres­sure to ex­plain pos­i­tives, which then comes across as an ex­cuse.”

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BROTH­ERS IN ARMS Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Kom­phela and Bobby Motaung

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