Kaizer Chiefs coach con­fi­dent of de­fence

Khom­pela full of praise for team

African Times - - Front Page - MOYAHABO MABEBA

UNDER-PRES­SURE Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Khom­pela will ap­proach the Soweto derby con­fi­dent about the struc­ture and dis­ci­pline of his team’s de­fence.

Khom­pela was full of praises for the de­fence as Chiefs face yet an­other ti­tanic bat­tle against Or­lando Pi­rates at the FNB Sta­dium on Satur­day, 21 Oc­to­ber 2017.

Af­ter Amakhosi stunned Mamelodi Sun­downs 2-1 on Tues­day night, Khom­pela was thrilled: “We did quite well de­fen­sively. Some­times it’s so frus­trat­ing but you need to be dis­ci­plined when under pres­sure. When you main­tain the struc­ture and dis­ci­pline, then it in­forms how you come out.

“There are cer­tain cal­i­bre of peo­ple who thrive on chal­lenges. For them to get the best out of them they need to be put in hot wa­ter maybe like a tea bag. The only time you get the best out of a teabag is when you put it in hot wa­ter.

“My only worry was that we have an­other match but in terms of prepa­ra­tion you solely came for this one. But at the end, you have to think whether you have to bring out Shabba or Parker just to save them for the Satur­day match. But this is foot­ball, they have done busi­ness.”

Al­beit they are en­dur­ing their worst sea­son, Chiefs will only step up striker chase in Jan­uary, the team’s foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung re­cently an­nounced.

Amakhosi have al­ready turned down Christ Mbondi, Julien Ebah and Jonathan Philippe among oth­ers, and Mo­taung says they will wait un­til Jan­uary.

Amakhosi have been on the look­out for qual­ity strik­ers since the start of the cam­paign, and de­spite invit­ing no less than four play­ers for tri­als, none of them were deemed good enough by the tech­ni­cal team.

Late last month, Khom­pela said they were keep­ing tabs on an un­named striker, who gave fans some glimpses of bril­liance dur­ing the 2017 West African Foot­ball Union Na­tions Cup.

The striker Khom­pela was re­fer­ring to is be­lieved to be ei­ther Win­ful Kwaku Cob­binah or Stephen Sarfo, who both made the best XI at the tour­na­ment.

How­ever, the two Ghana­ian marks­men are con­tracted to Ac­cra Hearts of Oak and Berekum Chelsea re­spec­tively, mean­ing Amakhosi will have to wait un­til Jan­uary be­fore mak­ing their move.

On the club web­site, Mo­taung wrote: “We will deal with the is­sue of the play­ers we need when the trans­fer win­dow opens [in Jan­uary]. Yes, we need a striker and we are look­ing ev­ery­where, even abroad. Ev­ery­one can see that we are hav­ing goal-scor­ing prob­lems. So, we are look­ing for a player who can solve our goal-scor­ing prob­lems.”

It is un­der­stood that Amakhosi are keen on sign­ing Ker­mit Eras­mus on-loan from French Ligue 1 side Rennes FC in Jan­uary, but Mo­taung re­mains non­com­mit­tal about the is­sue.

Once again, Mo­taung threw his weight be­hind Khom­pela, who has been under im­mense pres­sure since the start of the new cam­paign. He urged club fans to show sol­i­dar­ity as this would go a long way in en­sur­ing that the Soweto giants do well on the field of play. He said: “It’s time to show sol­i­dar­ity be­cause the play­ers need the sup­port­ers most not to dampen their spir­its.”

“When deal­ing with se­ri­ous mat­ters, we need sober minds. We can­not be emo­tional and ir­ra­tional be­cause we are not in a dire sit­u­a­tion,” said Mo­taung.

He said it takes col­lec­tive and sober minds to ad­dress prob­lems fac­ing the Soweto giants, adding that: “Chiefs are not a spaza shop.”

He said that the chair­man, Mo­taung se­nior, is a man of in­tegrity and is not emo­tional about the sta­tus quo.

“This is not a spaza shop. We are run­ning a se­ri­ous or­gan­i­sa­tion and have struc­tures and ways to deal with is­sues” said Mo­taung ju­nior.

Mean­while, the Bu­ca­neers have crossed their fin­gers that Happy Jele would be out of in­jury list, come Satur­day. He was a doubt­ful starter against their game with Plat­inum Stars on Wed­nes­day.

Pic­ture: Vis­ual Buzz SA

Bernard Parker and Wayne Arendse bat­tle for the ball in a PSL game be­tween Mamelodi Sun­downs and Kaizer Chiefs at Lof­tus Vers­feld, on 17 Oc­to­ber.

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