JOHANNESBURG – In a brief statement late yesterday, Kaizer Chiefs promised an overhaul of the senior team following what could quite possibly be a third season without a trophy under the tutelage of coach Steve Komphela.
There was no clarity on whether Komphela, who arrived at the club in 2015 to take over from two-times Absa Premiership winning Stuart Baxter, would also make way for someone else seeing that his contract runs out at the end of the current campaign.
But what the club has promised is a serious introspection before the begining of the 2018-19 season.
Chiefs were reacting to their fans’ anger over the manner in which they lost 3-0 to Chippa United at the weekend, which meant Amakhosi were now 10 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with only four matches remaining in the title race.
Supporters pelted Komphela and his players with objects at the end of the Chippa defeat and asked for the coach to immediately vacate this post.
“Following last weekend’s result at FNB Stadium, Kaizer Chiefs football manager (Bobby Motaung), technical team and players met on Sunday morning after the game to review the incidents and results of Saturday afternoon. The meeting lasted for five hours,” read the statement.
“They reflected on the performances of the season and acknowledged that the season has not been up to the Kaizer Chiefs standards. Following that meeting, the management team met to further discuss and review the matter holistically and plan for the next few games of the current season.”
The statement also suggested Komphela would still be in charge until the end of the season:
“It is important for our supporters to note that as management, we are listening to their concerns and share the pain. One of the notable decisions from the meeting is that decisive changes will have to be implemented at the end of the season to remedy the situation.
At this stage, circumstances do not permit for us to make immediate changes. However, we are looking to have a complete overhaul of the team before the commencement of the new season.”