Kaizer Chiefs’ wastefulness in front of goal has everything to do with confidence being eroded by abuse on social media, says coach Steve Komphela. He says players are taking less risk and attempting fewer innovative moves because they are scared of the negative feedback that follows failure. "Unfortunately, we are living in the social media era where everything is in the players’ faces‚" Komphela said. "At the end of the game, the player goes out and checks [what is being said about him]. If he has missed chances‚ they say he is a cow‚ he is this and that. That player is obviously going to be affected emotionally and mentally and is not going to be the same player in terms of trying to score in the next game." Komphela says there is much less space in the modern game, with tighter and better organised defences. Therefore players need to be even more creative if they are to prise open opportunities and score goals. But because of the abuse, they are increasingly reluctant. A player ...

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