Trust process, Steve tells Chiefs fans
Side adapts well to formation change in Knockout win
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has told the supporters to “trust the process” as the tactician looks to make the Telkom Knockout his maiden title at Naturena.
The Glamour Boys advanced to the quarterfinal of the R4.25-million cup after a 30 thrashing of AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
The comprehensive victory came courtesy of goals from George Maluleka, Pule Ekstein and Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Komphela, 50, remains in pursuit of his first championship in three seasons at the Soweto outfit.
“At Chiefs, you just have to win things. Winning matches is important, winning trophies is the utmost,” Komphela said.
“So the importance thereof is obvious. I am a man of process and any man of process must be selfless. I would love to see Chiefs win trophies every week, every month and every year with or without me.”
Komphela was forced to tinker with his formation because the squad has been devastated by injuries, especially in defence, with Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Tsepo Masilela, Lorenzo Gordinho, Teenage Hadebe, Gustavo Paez and Kgotso Moleko all sidelined.
“Initially, we were cautious because we did not have numbers at the back,” the former Maritzburg United and Platinum Stars mentor said.
“As it went on in the middle of the process we felt we could release Tight [right back Joseph Molangoane] a bit and Philani Zulu [at left back].
“We are getting there without getting carried away.”
The injured squad members could have a tough time fighting their way back into the team as Komphela aims to stick with a consistent starting line-up.
“Any team that won the championship is a team that can have the starting XI just like that,” he said.
“It is OK to have a consistent selection. We do not have the biggest squad. We are sitting on a squad of 20 players and you have to box clever.”