Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is warning his fellow coaches to be careful in their analysis of other teams’ tactics and formations because "poison is being spilled".
"I must warn my colleagues‚ without my coming across as an expert‚ but our coaches are sometimes misleading people in the way they read numbers‚" Komphela said.
"It is often so inappropriate, we are sending a wrong message. I don’t know why people believe everything that coaches say, especially when it’s wrong."
Komphela’s outburst came after a radio reporter accused him of using six players in defence in the game against Chippa United on Sunday when Chiefs won 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth to book a spot in the Telkom Knockout semifinals.
Komphela gave a patient explanation of the way Chiefs approached the game‚ using wingbacks and three central defenders‚ to refute the reporters’ assertion and use the opportunity to appeal to other coaches‚ without mentioning names. But his focus was clearly on Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane‚ his former colleague with Bafana Bafana‚ who accused Chiefs of "parking the bus" in the last encounters.
Komphela said: "The match we played at Loftus when we lost 2-1 [in November last year] we were playing 3-4-3.
"The match we just played at Loftus [on October 17] when we beat them 2-1 we played 3-4-3.
"It is so easy to spill poison rather [than] to spread something that is progressive.
"How I wish we could say right stuff for our people to pick up on the positives of the game.
"We are building a product there‚ the PSL‚ that we must be proud of. We are all eating from this table. I get my pay cheque from this. All of us need to protect this industry and then we can go places.
"But we seem to be kicking the very same table we are eating from. It’s amazing‚" he said.
"Sometimes when I read the stories and I see myself talking a lo…. I wish I could be quick so there is clarity.
"But often when you are brief‚ it doesn’t come out very clear… and when you go on too long‚ it is too much!" he said.