Sibongiseni Gumbi
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29 Nov 2016
10:27 am

Shabba pleads for patience ahead of City clash

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Siphiwe Tshabalala feels there was an improvement in how Kaizer Chiefs played against SuperSport United which could be something to build on going forward.

Siphiwe Tshabalala (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

“Rome was not built in a day, so we have to be patient and the good times will return.” That is how long serving Kaizer Chiefs winger, Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala sees things as Amakhosi stutter through what could yet be their worst-ever Absa Premiership campaign.

Shabba was reacting after Chiefs played to yet another draw with SuperSport United last week, a match where Steve Komphela’s team could have eked out a better result and eased the pressure.

The Naturena based Glamour Boys have not won a match in over a month and pressure has mounted, especially on coach Steve Komphela whose head the fans have been calling for.

But Shabba felt there was an improvement in how the team played against Matsatsantsa which could be something to build on going forward.

“We have not been doing as best as we can. The most important thing is that we are slowly but surely getting there… The game was an interesting one. We started slow but got the hang of it,” Tshabalala said on his personal website.

“I think that we are starting to click as a team, according to the changes we are trying to go through regarding tactics and all. Rome was not built in a day, so we have to be patient and the good times will return.”

But the fans appear to have run out of patience and more calls for #KomphelaMustFall might be heard again tonight if his team fail to register a win against Premiership new boys, Cape Town City at FNB Stadium.

Based on their current form, The Citizens will be a tricky customer for Amakhosi. Eric Tinkler’s side have been buzzing and will be highly buoyed after securing a berth in the Telkom Knockout final with an impressive 4-1 defeat of Free State Stars at the weekend.

City are joint top of the Premiership table, with Bidvest Wits occupying first position on goal difference. While Amakhosi have registered just one win in their last five league matches, City have won four and lost one.

What should be a big worry for Komphela is that while his team have failed to score in two of their recent games, City have been free scoring, with attackers Aubrey Ngoma, Bongolethu Jayiya and Lebogang Manyama all in good form.

The match is set for a 7.30pm kick-off at FNB Stadium.