Trust process, Steve tells Chiefs fans

Side adapts well to for­ma­tion change in Knock­out win

Sowetan - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

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.”

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