Kom­phela

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MOHAU RAMASHIDJA

HUNT­ING IN PACKS: Lourens Adri­aanse of the Sharks is tack­led by Kwagga Smith, with sup­port from Lionel Mapoe and Jaco Kriel, on Satur­day at El­lis Park. The Lions will have to be bru­tal on de­fence this week­end if they are to box in a dan­ger­ous Hur­ri­canes team in their Su­per Rugby semi-fi­nal. KAIZER CHIEFS owe it to them­selves and their fans to make sure that they pro­duce some form of sil­ver­ware go­ing into the new sea­son.

This is the view of Amakhosi’s cen­tre-back, Lorenzo Gordinho, who be­lieves that he and his team­mates have reached a point of un­der­stand­ing how coach Steve Kom­phela wants them to play in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

Im­ple­ment­ing those in­struc­tions, in what is to be the 50-year old’s third and pos­si­bly fi­nal sea­son with the club, will see Chiefs pro­duce a tro­phy or two in the on­com­ing sea­son, some­thing the Glamour Boys have failed to do in their pre­vi­ous two cam­paigns.

“We’ve let our­selves, our sup­port­ers and the club down (by not win­ning a tro­phy re­cently),” Gordinho said. “But we are rar­ing to go for it this time around. Our fans will al­ways sup­port us but hav­ing said that, there’s al­ways that ex­pec­ta­tion of us win­ning tro­phies as a team. We need to start do­ing that, not for our fans only, but for our­selves and the club as well.

“We are at a point where we’ve reached an un­der­stand­ing of what coach Steve wants to im­ple­ment,” Gordinho added.

“We now need to make sure that we start pro­duc­ing those re­sults. I be­lieve we are un­stop­pable, per­for­mance wise. We play the kind of foot­ball that every­body wants to watch. But I also be­lieve that we re­ally need to start im­pos­ing our­selves a bit more and dom­i­nate all our games go­ing into the new sea­son. I be­lieve that it is those small de­tails that will see us to win­ning some form of sil­ver­ware in the new sea­son.”

Gordinho, who didn’t have much of an off-sea­son fol­low­ing his call-up into the Bafana squad that won the Cosafa Plate fi­nal a few weeks ago, said play­ing for the se­nior na­tional team was truly an hon­our for him, and that it served as an op­por­tu­nity for him to es­tab­lish him­self as an in­ter­na­tional player.

The tow­er­ing 23-year-old from Benoni also added that given another chance to rep­re­sent his coun­try in more com­pet­i­tive matches, such as the Fifa World Cup and Afcon qual­i­fiers, he would gladly grab the op­por­tu­nity with both hands and play his heart out for the se­nior na­tional team.

“I didn’t get much of an off-sea­son,” Gordinho said. “But, to be hon­est with you, I didn’t need it re­ally. I just love to play, I love be­ing on the field and be­ing in­volved in the game sit­u­a­tions. I be­lieve this off-sea­son gave me a chance to work on my­self and take my rep­u­ta­tion to a higher level as a player. “The call-up was a big thing for me. “It meant that my per­for­mances at the club were con­sis­tent enough.

“I’d love to be a part of the setup that will fea­ture in both Afcon and World Cup qual­i­fiers (in the near fu­ture) though,” Gordinho added. “It’s an achiev­able goal, I be­lieve. I just have to keep on be­ing con­sis­tent and con­tinue work­ing hard and I’ll reach it. It was one of my dreams to one day be called up into the Bafana squad and it hap­pened for me. How­ever, that was not my end goal. My end goal is to make sure that I be­come a con­sis­tent mem­ber of the squad. That’s what I want.”

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