Local News 3.8.2016 02:17 pm

Experience combined with youth is key – Komphela

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says it is important for the Glamour Boys to strike the balance between youth and experience going into the new Absa Premiership campaign.

The Naturena-based side kick-off their 2016/17 campaign away to last season’s runners-up Bidvest Wits on August 23.

“With regards to youth and experience, it is important to get a good blend. One thing that we picked up is that the modern game is titling towards explosive power, and you can only get those from a particular way of conditioning so that the explosiveness of the team is forever there,” said the former Free State Stars coach.

“The kind of players who you identify as well – if you want to depend your game on high energy, obviously the scales are going to tilt towards the youth, but you still need the players with maturity to control the game and direct the young ones,” added the former Bafana Bafana defender.

Amakhosi failed to win any silverware in last season, however they reached two cup finals – the Telkom Knockout and the MTN8 – losing both to Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town respectively.

However decorated as a player, but Komphela has never won any silverware in his entire 15-year long coaching career – the Carling Black Label Cup does not count, as it is a preseason friendly.

Following Chiefs’ 2-0 edge over arch rivals Orlando Pirates in the season curtain raiser last Saturday, Komphela will be under pressure to keep the momentum going. And in quest for his maiden trophy, the 49-year-old mentor insists that in order to challenge for league and cup honours, “Chiefs must keep up with the modern game.”

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3 Orlando Pirates 4 8
4 Cape Town City 5 8
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6 Chippa United 3 7
7 Bidvest Wits 3 7
8 SuperSport United 5 6
9 Platinum Stars 4 5
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
12 Baroka FC 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 5 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1