JOHANNESBURG – You know things are bad when the garrulous Steve Komphela is at a loss for words. The Kaizer Chiefs’ coach struggled to explain why teams have been so inconsistent this season.
Only five teams have won more games than they have drawn in a season; characterised by stalemates that sees any team that wins jump high in the standings. Amakhosi sit in third place with just one win from their last six matches which makes the log standings a bit deceiving.
“It’s very difficult to evaluate (how good or how bad your team is). Very difficult…I don’t know what could be the reason,” Komphela said. “All of us suffer from the same issue. There are teams that had gone eight matches, five or six without a win and all of a sudden when they win they are still in contention which shows that other teams hadn’t made much movement.
I don’t know why. From a technical point of view it just boils down to wins (or the lack thereof).
Then you ask yourself why are you not winning? Are you scoring enough? Are you creating enough? Those are the questions that we are asking ourselves as technicians. It is a PSL, Absa Premiership, phenomenon that I don’t know how we can deal with it. But it is our responsibility and duty to deal with it.”
Chiefs host Ajax Cape Town at Moses Mabhida Stadium in their last game of the year on Saturday. A win will see the Soweto giant finish the year with 22 points.
“We need to win matches (to be consistently in the top three),” Komphela said.
“Looking at where we are (in third place), we just need to score goals. Before you fix anything, you must look at what you are sitting on. Can you generate and score goals from the ones that you have because you aren’t guaranteed that when you get a player from the transfer he will hit the mark. There are issues of adaptation, integration and all of that.”