Komphela optimistic

PRETORIA. — Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is not throwing in the towel yet following his side’s disappointing 1-0 first-leg loss against ASEC Mimosas at home last week.

The defeat was Amakhosi’s third in a row in all competitions, a statistic that has left bit of a sour taste in the mouths of the supporters, who only quantify success with the number trophies in the cabinet.

The Soweto giants now face a mammoth task of an away victory against a side, that won the competition in 1998 and a regular participant in the continental club championship.

However, Komphela believes that he can still turn the corner and the CAF Champions League presents the ideal opportunity for him to win back the trust of the ever-demanding Amakhosi faithful.

“Our results have been far from impressive this season and this is due to a number of reasons which we are trying to rectify at training. I still believe that the desire to wear the club jersey has not changed from the players.

“The commitment and drive is still very much alive, but what has been lacking is the execution where it matters most” said Komphela, referring to the club’s recent spell of drought in front of goal.

Chiefs have been struggling to find the back of the net this season with their target man, Camaldine Abraw netting only five times, equal to midfield ace, George Lebese.

Over the years, Chiefs have had quality goal poachers, such as Zambian forward and current PSL top goalscorer Collins Mbesuma who still holds the record of 35 goals in one season for the club.

Komphela warned that he will be going for an all out attack and believes they do have what it takes to come back with a positive result.

The 48-year-old coach strongly believes in the depth of talent in his squad. — Supersport.

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