Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
19 Oct 2016
9:10 am

Komphela refuses to get carried away

Jonty Mark

Steve Komphela is refusing to get carried away with Kaizer Chiefs' improved form, as they prepare to take on Maritzburg United in the Last-16 of the Telkom Knockout on Saturday evening.

Komphela’s position looked under serious threat as his second season got off to a tepid start, but four wins in a row have seen Chiefs rocket to the top of the early-season Absa Premiership.
Komphela was in a typically lyrical mood at the Premier Soccer League offices on Tuesday.

“You need to have the temperament, this is not an easy environment, but once you understand the challenge ahead, you can cope.

“Wins must not make you feel like flying and when you lose you don’t become an ostrich and bury your head in the sand.”

Komphela will face his former side United for the second time this season at FNB Stadium, with Chiefs winning the league encounter 2-0 on September 24, with goals from Lorenzo Gordinho and William Twala.

The Chiefs coach warned that a knockout encounter could prove a different proposition.

“When you only have one bullet to hit this monster, and if you miss you are gone, you can start to shake and shiver and we don’t want to get into that mode,” he said.

Chiefs welcome Eric Mathoho (above) back for the game after he missed the 2-0 league win over Ajax Cape Town on the weekend with an ankle injury, but there is still a major doubt over defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

Amakhosi will be without the suspended midfielder George Maluleke, who was sent off against the Urban Warriors.