Kaizer Chiefs coach confident of defence
Khompela full of praise for team
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.
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.