Veteran Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has come to Steve Komphela’s defence and pleaded with supporters to give the embattled coach a break. The noose has been tightening around Komphela’s neck in the past weeks and irate supporters have been abusing the coach after matches. The club’s poor run of form has only served to infuriate the supporters further and they have increased their aggression with each passing game. Komphela has needed an escort after games recently. Tshabalala said those who were continuing to pelt the coach with objects have crossed a line. ‘‘It is not a nice situation to be in for the team‚ for the players and the coach‚" he said. ‘‘We are fully behind the coach. We support him and the only way we can show that we want him to stay‚ we believe in him and we want him to succeed is through performance and results." Tshabalala said the players had struggled to deal with situations after recent games. ‘‘[The abuse] definitely does get to us. It is not a ...

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