Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football writer
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7 Mar 2016
10:01 am

Chiefs will not stop fighting – Komphela

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs were left hoping for miracles as Orlando Pirates knocked them out of the Nedbank Cup with a 2-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Steve Komphela, coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix)

While a barren season seems inevitable, coach Steve Komphela, tried to downplay the matter, insisting they would fight to the end in the league although the odds are stacked against them.

“It is very difficult to hope that the other team takes care of your results, you have got to take care of your own results. But also one must acknowledge that we have been to two cup finals and have come back empty-handed – and we miss out on this as well. For a team of this calibre, that is failure and that needs to be looked into,” said Komphela.

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Amakhosi are third in the league, a whopping 13 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns although they have a game in hand and could cut the gap to 10 points if they beat Platinum Stars on Wednesday.

“The focus will shift as we go back to the Absa Premiership to try see how far we can go, but that will not entirely depend on Sundowns dropping points, you have to take care of your own business as well. And at a back of a performance and mistakes like these, you start to say we need to think differently if we want to achieve things,” said Komphela.

On Saturday, Chiefs played well but up front Camaldine Abraw and Bernard Parker were well held by the Pirates rearguard manned by Nsikelelo Nyauza, Thabo Matlaba, Ayanda Gcaba and Edwin Gymah.

“In terms of attack we ticked all the boxes – the movement, the passing and creating chances – we did. But in finishing those chances we didn’t. Defensively, except for the two errors we committed, there is very little we can fault.

“But football is a funny game. We sit here and we can’t make any sense out of the good we did in the match. In a match which at no stage showed any sign that we would lose, we gave it away. I will be the first one to take the full responsibility.

“We will go back and consider the fact that if you don’t have the character to win matches when the opportunities arise, then you suffer these setbacks. It’s quite sad and painful but that is the nature of sport and you have to deal with it,” said Komphela.