Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela concerned by shooting stats – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Head coach Steve Komphela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Macufe Cup game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on 08 October [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 17:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has admitted that he is concerned at learning that his team took more than an hour to register their first shot on target against AmaZulu yesterday.

The Amakhosi played to a goalless draw away to Usuthu at Princess Magogo Stadium, having offered little threat through the match. Their first shot on target only arrived from a header by Gustavo Paez in the 66th minute – and they had only one more in the remainder of the game.

The hosts, by contrast, were ‘trigger happy’ and hit eight shots on target, only to find Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in superb form, as he even kept out a penalty kick.

“Someone asked me that after the match. I still have to go back and look,” Komphela told reporters after the match, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“Looking at how the match unfolded, how many did AmaZulu have? How many? I’m trying to draw a comparison and then without defending us, because if you say at the 60th minute we got nothing and AmaZulu was 14 shots on target then there’s really cause for concern… we have to look at that.

“If it’s 60 minutes Chiefs zero, AmaZulu zero, one or two, then it points at the match. The conditions just didn’t make it easy but that doesn’t have to come out with excuses.

“I wish I knew how many AmaZulu had after 60 minutes, then I’ll respond with a little bit more relevance. But we need to create chances and goalmouth action, but again when you are playing a team that is pressing that is not going to be easy.”

Komphela added, “In the first half I thought they did better and we got to grips in the second half.

“They missed the penalty, we were lucky to survive but congratulations again must go to Itu, who read the situation and stood his ground, made the save.

“We also had a couple of chances. I thought we should’ve won the match. There’s a number of maybe calls that we should’ve done better with in terms of our defensive line.

“In the final third we were a bit desperate in terms of taking chances. On any given day or under other circumstances we could’ve taken those chances even the [Siphiwe Tshabalala] ‘Shabba’ one in the last minute.”

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela: Brilliant Khuzwayo is ready to start against Wits – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Brilliant Khuzwayo of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2017 Telkom Knockout Kaizer Chiefs media day at Chiefs Village, Johannesburg on 15 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 10:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has dropped a hint that goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo could man the goalposts when they take on Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout semifinals this weekend.

The highly anticipated clash is set for this Saturday at Bidvest Stadium and Komphela says Khuzwayo could start if Itumeleng Khune arrives back from Senegal in a poor shape.

Khune travelled with Bafana Bafana to Dakar as they wrapped up their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday with a 2-1 loss.

The coach is concerned with Khune who played with a protective face mask on Friday after suffering a facial injury against Chippa United in the TKO quarterfinals.

Apart from ‘Itu’, Amakhosi have Siphiwe Tshabalala and Mulomowandau Mathoho who were also part of Stuart Baxter Bafana squad and Komphela will decide on using them.

“They are all ready. Brilliant is ready. Brilliant has been training well. Bruce Bvuma is also there‚” Komphela said to the media.

“The thing we can be happy about is that ‘Itu’ played without a mask (on Tuesday).

“And the only thing that we would be worried about‚ even for ‘Shabba’ (Tshabalala) and ‘Tower’ (Mathoho)‚ is that if given an opportunity to play on Saturday‚ would they have recovered?

“Because it’s killing to travel throughout Africa. But there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Komphela will want to lift the TKO Cup and bring his first trophy to Naturena after failing to do so in his first two seasons with the Soweto giants.

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Komphela: SA coach Baxter has special duty for Tshabalala – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs

Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 11:00

Kaizer Chiefs mentor Steve Komphela says South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has a special duty lined up for Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala.

Tshabalala, 33, received a surprise call-up when the Bafana Bafana squad to face Senegal in the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers next week was announced.

Bafana will qualify for the World Cup finals if they beat the Lions of Teranga both home and away.

On Saturday, Tshabalala inspired Chiefs to a 3-0 win over AmaZulu FC in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match in Durban.

“Maybe I’m not qualified to make a comment about Shabba,” said Komphela on The Citizen.

“But one thing is that he has worked with Stuart. Stuart is very smart coach and knows what he wants from Shabba otherwise he would not have picked him.

“Stuart said it some time ago that Shabba is a very influential player in the PSL and if Stuart says that today (Saturday) (AmaZulu head coach) Cavin Johnson says Shabba was the main threat. That tells you about the player he is,” the Chiefs coach added.

“His personality and character make him a big player.”

The veteran midfielder has 88 South Africa caps and scored 12 goals between 2006, and 2015.

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Komphela content with Kaizer Chiefs display – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Head coach Steve Komphela of Kaizer Chiefs during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium ,Johannesburg South Africa on 21 October 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 14:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is content with the performance of his team against their nemesis Orlando Pirates.

The two Soweto giants drew 0-0 in an Absa Premiership game which was played at the iconic FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.

“I thought the first half belonged to them. They overloaded the midfield, they played more for time than for a goal,” Komphela told SuperSport TV.

“Which we have to accept because sometimes your strategy is to get your opponent tired by playing.

Chiefs and their fierce rivals Pirates remain fourth and third respectively on the league standings following their titanic clash.

“We could have allowed our centre-backs to step up and press in the midfield but we did that in the second half that’s why our game got better,” he added.

“Even in the first half we had chances, there’s one of (Siyabonga ) Ngezana where he hit the upright.

“With the match of this nature, with a professional performance you win it on set-plays but unfortunately we didn’t capitalise. I thought we could have won the match with at least one set-play,” the South African continued.

“Overall one point we’ll take it. For the people that wanted goals unfortunately we could not give them more.”

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Komphela: Macufe Cup champs Chiefs need to improve – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 16:00

South African heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs emerged 4-2 winners over Bloemfontein Celtic in the 2017 Macufe Cup on Sunday.

However, Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela was not happy with how his team defended in the friendly match at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Victor Letsoalo netted twice for Celtic, while Chiefs’ four goals were scored by Dumisani Zuma, Siyabonga Ngezena, Bernard Parker and Ryan Moon.

“That’s one thing we need to be working on, we can’t be conceding like that,” Komphela told SABC TV.

“Even when we played Baroka we conceded on a set-play. We have to get that right.

However, Komphela praised Chiefs’ 17-year-old midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who was promoted to the first team from the club’s academy, prior to the current season.

“I’m happy for guys like Ngcobo, the crowd helped him today,” he continued.

“He’s no longer the young kid we knew yesterday, but he’s a bit wiser today.”

Chiefs will take on Mamelodi Sundowns in their next Absa Premiership match in Pretoria on 17 October 2017.

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Steve Komphela satisfied despite Chippa defeat – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

Staff Reporter

Sunday Aug 06, 2017. 14:00

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela was left satisfied with his teams performance, despite the Amakhosi suffering a 1-0 defeat away to Chippa United in the inaugural Premier’s Cup on Saturday.

Komphela made good use of the fixture to see some of his new signings in action, with the start of the season but a week away.

Chiefs, who take on SuperSport United in their MTN8 opener next weekend, will be desperate to start the 2017-18 campaign on a positive note after last season ended trophyless.

The Glamour Boys will now head back to Naturena, with Komphela spared a few more days to fine-tune his troops before the new season kicks into motion.

“It’s just the beginning and we’re still trying to see other things – there’s a couple of players you want to have a look at and we’re satisfied with the exercise, it gave us a lot of information,” Komphela told the SABC in the aftermath.

“We’re looking a different things. In the first half I thought we had good discipline in defense. It is part of a training exercise where you’re saying, ‘sit in the block, let’s keep positions, don’t allow any forward passes, and how quick do you come out.’

“From that point of view, defensively, I think it looked okay. Even though I thought, when it came to back passes we needed to go through, but we didn’t.

“Second half it got better, but there were a couple of players we were looking and we’re satisfied with the exercise. We can go back [home] with our notes and move on,” Komphela concluded.

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Chiefs coach Komphela praises Venezuelan Paez – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 16:00

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela praised his players following the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup this past weekend.

Amakhosi beat Botswana side Township Rollers 2-0 in a semi-final clash at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney – with Zimbabwean defender Hadebe making his unofficial debut for Chiefs on Saturday.

Zulu, a defender-cum-midfielder, helped the South African giants edge out Free State Stars 1-0 in the final and Amakhosi clinched the Maize Cup in their first appearance in the pre-season tournament.

Komphela also praised Venezuelan striker Gustavo Paez, who inspired the Soweto giants to an impressive victory over Rollers, and promising youngster Khotso Malope.

“Philani did well at left-back. I thought the youngster, Malope, did well,” said Komphela.

“It was nice to see Paez scoring and looking more positive.

“The centre-back [Teenage] Radebe did well for the first time playing with this team and to perform like that I will give him a good 8 out of 10.”

Hadebe joined Chiefs from Zimbabwean club Chicken Inn, while former Maritzburg United star Zulu arrived at Amakhosi as a free-agent.

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