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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

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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

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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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Steve Mounie: I’ll try to follow in Drogba’s footsteps – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 17:00


Benin striker Steve Mounie has revealed that he will try to follow in the footsteps of Ivorian Didier Drogba following his strong start to life at Huddersfield Town.

The 22-year-old striker, who was Huddersfield’s club-record signing when he arrived from Montpellier, has revealed that Chelsea legend Drogba was a hero of his during his youth days.

“I watched him, he was a top player,” the Benin international told Sky Sports.

“Didier Drogba was one of the best I used to watch.

“He was a great player and an example for me in the Premier League. I try to follow his steps.

“But I’m Steve Mounie and I try as well to make my history, my proper history.”

Mounie has already scored two Premier League goals for Huddersfield and will look to add to his tally when they face Leicester City on Saturday.



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


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

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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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Benin striker Steve Mounie signs with Huddersfield – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 14:00


Benin striker Steve Mounie has signed for newly promoted Premier League club Huddersfield Town.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine 2016/17 season with French Ligue 1 team Montpellier, scoring 14 goals in 35 top flight appearances.

Huddersfield, who will play in the Premier League for the first time in 2017/18, paid a club record €13-million to secure the player’s services on a four-year deal.

“I’m delighted that we could sign Steve ahead of the start of pre-season training. He has a very exciting combination of attributes that makes his a very attractive proposition as a young striker,” Huddersfield Town coach David Wagner told his club’s official website.

“He has real physical attributes that should be perfect for the Premier League, plus we have already seen his talents as a football in his remarkable season in France.

“We have met and I know he is a great character. For a man of his young age, he already has great experience both in life and as a footballer from his time in France, playing in a high-quality Ligue 1.

“At just 22 years old, he is only going to improve too. Given what he is already capable of, that is very exciting.”

Huddersfield also have DR Congo attacker Elias Kachunga on their books.



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Steve Nicol questions whether Salah would be starter for Liverpool – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 16:00


Mohamed Salah’s proposed big-money move to Liverpool has club legend Steve Nicol worried.

The Pharaohs winger is reportedly close to completing a move from Roma to Anfield, with the Reds set to pay somewhere in the region of £40-million to land the player.

While most Liverpool fans are delighted at the prospect of the speedy Salah joining their attack, Nicol reckons it’s too big a fee for a player who may not start in the first-choice XI.

He told ESPN: “It is a lot of money, yeah. It’s a lot of money for Liverpool to buy a player, who, if everybody is fit, I don’t think starts.

“You play [Philippe] Coutinho on the left, you play [Sadio] Mane on the right. I don’t think you play Salah through the middle, that means he doesn’t start.

“As far as the squad, obviously Liverpool are in the Champions League yes, but for £40m? I don’t think so.”



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Steve McClaren says Cheick Tiote was the toughest player ever – African Football


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 07, 2017. 09:00


Ex-Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren says he will miss midfielder Cheick Tiote following the midfielder’s passing on Monday.

The Cote d’Ivoire legend passed away on Monday during training with his Chinese club, Beijing Enterprises.

McClaren has told the BBC that the 30-year-old was the toughest player he has ever seen, but also a man with the most beautiful smile in football.

The ex-Magpies boss paid tribute after Tiote collapsed and died in China after training on Monday.

“At Newcastle if (Papiss) Cisse and Cheick were smiling I knew the world was OK,” McClaren told BBC 5 live.

“He was the kind of player that everyone wants in their team.”

The 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Elephants, joined Chinese second-tier side Enterprises from Newcastle in February this year.

Reports indicate he died in hospital after collapsing at the club’s training ground,

He made 159 appearances in his seven-year stay at Newcastle.

McClaren coached Tiote at Dutch giants, FC Twente and at Newcastle, and adds that the Ivoirean was a winner.

“I knew him first as a young player at Twente. He was the toughest player I’ve ever seen,” adds the manager.

“On the field and in training he was such a competitor. He wanted to win every game, kick every player and win every tackle.

“He was a winner. I just can’t believe it.

“Some days we would have to pull him out of training because he was such a ferocious competitor, such a winner. He was a warrior and could play too.

“It was his dream to play in China and I was so delighted for him when it happened. He earned money to look after his family.

“He loved playing football to look after his family. All the relatives, uncles, aunts, grandparents, they all relied on him to look after them.”



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