‘Chiefs are on the right track’

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Kom­phela be­lieves the cur­rent “Glam­our Boys” failed to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the club as he re­flected on a dis­as­trous sea­son.

Chiefs fin­ished with no sil­ver­ware in Kom­phela’s sec­ond sea­son in charge, but the Amakhosi coach be­lieves there were some pos­i­tives.

“Prom­ises are easy to make. How­ever, most im­por­tant is to pos­sess the drive, en­ergy, de­sire and ded­i­ca­tion to wake up ev­ery day and keep work­ing ex­tremely hard and try to de­liver on ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said in a re­view on the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“By Kaizer Chiefs stan­dards, we didn’t do well and failed to meet our ob­jec­tives. How­ever, when it comes to the game model – there was an im­prove­ment in the way we played. Not win­ning a sin­gle tro­phy was def­i­nitely not good,” he said.

Chiefs fin­ished the sea­son on fourth place with 50 points, 10 be­hind even­tual winners Bid­Vest Wits. They had a ter­ri­ble de­fen­sive record as they con­ceded 28 goals through­out the cam­paign.

But their sec­ond half of the sea­son was a marked im­prove­ment com­pared to the first. And this, Kom­phela said, was some­thing to en­thuse about.

“We are on the right track, play­ing at­trac­tive at­tack­ing foot­ball with speed, skill, move­ment and lots of box en­tries, cre­at­ing lots of chances.

“We sim­ply need to win matches be­cause con­trol­ling and dom­i­nat­ing with­out win­ning af­fects the play­ers’ con­fi­dence. It also makes our job as coaches very dif­fi­cult,” he said.

Kom­phela at­trib­uted the team’s sud­den drop in form to a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors, like in­juries and sus­pen­sions.

“As a re­sult, the team’s per­for­mance gets af­fected (sic) as well. Another con­sid­er­a­tion is fa­tigue, ei­ther men­tal or phys­i­cal. The most ob­vi­ous was our in­abil­ity to bounce back af­ter a set­back. We needed to re­cover faster af­ter the penal­ties knock­out against Su­perS­port United,” he said.

While the club’s lead­er­ship ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Kom­phela by not show­ing him the door, he will go into the new sea­son know­ing that another sea­son with­out a tro­phy will surely mean the end of his reign at Na­turena.

“As usual, the an­swer is that we need to win matches, win tro­phies. We drew too many games to be in con­tention for the league ti­tle and we must get be­yond the 60 points mark.

“We want to con­tinue dom­i­nat­ing and con­trol­ling games, play at­trac­tive at­tack­ing foot­ball and just take the chances we cre­ate. That’s why we are look­ing for a striker who can score con­sis­tently,” Kom­phela said.

Pressed to make any prom­ises for next sea­son, Kom­phela was philo­soph­i­cal in his re­sponse.

“Prom­ises are easy to make. How­ever, most im­por­tant is to pos­sess the drive, en­ergy, de­sire and ded­i­ca­tion to wake up ev­ery day and keep work­ing ex­tremely hard and try to de­liver on ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said. – ANA

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