Gavin is not one to bring you roses - Kom­phela

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Sport24

- Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Steve Kom­phela ex­pects Bid­vest Wits to be mo­ti­vated by their cur­rent dip in form when the two sides clash in the PSL today.

Wits, the reign­ing MTN8 and Premier­ship cham­pi­ons, have not had the bright­est of starts to their 2017/18 cam­paign, oc­cu­py­ing 14th po­si­tion on the league stand­ings.

Af­ter three PSL matches, Gavin Hunt's charges have suf­fered two de­feats - an open­ing Premier­ship loss to Cape Town City and, more re­cently, in a mid­week en­counter against Golden Ar­rows.

The Soweto giants, mean­while, started off their sea­son with un­der­whelm­ing per­for­mances against Bloem­fontein Celtic (draw 1-1) and Su­perS­port United (loss 2-1). How­ever, a strong dis­play against City on Wed­nes­day evening saw Amakhosi claim a 2-0 vic­tory in a tac­ti­cal tri­umph at Cape Town Sta­dium. A vic­tory for Kom­phela and his charges in their next fix­ture could send out a strong sig­nal to the rest of the Premier­ship, but the 50-year-old is well aware of the threat the Clever Boys pose de­spite their re­cent slump.

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"Very bad, very bad..." said Kom­phela af­ter be­ing asked whether it is a good time to face Wits. "I can imag­ine what Gavin is say­ing in the dress­ing room, and know­ing Gavin, he is not the one to bring you roses. He says his stuff. "It’s bad tim­ing, but that is the Absa Premier­ship." Chiefs have en­dured a roller coaster ex­pe­ri­ence un­der Kom­phela’s two-year reign so far, and the for­mer Free State Stars coach ad­mits that the grind­ing out of re­sults is a mas­sive con­fi­dence booster in the long run.

"It was very im­por­tant not only for the play­ers' con­fi­dence but for our sup­port­ers as well,” said Kom­phela.

"We play good foot­ball, make no mis­take. I think in the Absa Premier­ship, we are one of the

GOOD TO SEE YOU: Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Steve Kom­phela shakes hands with Bid­vest Wits Head Coach Gavin Hunt

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