Steve Komphela wants Chiefs to look ahead for next cup tie
Kaizer Chiefs have recovered from their Soweto derby defeat hangover and will not allow any sense of gloom to result in a shock loss to Stellenbosch FC in the Nedbank Cup‚ Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela said.
Giant-killing acts by the lower-league teams are a feature of the Nedbank, and Chiefs have suffered upsets over the years.
Komphela said he expected National First Division (NFD) outfit Stellenbosch to be a compact‚ tough prospect in the mould of their coach‚ former Pretoria University and AmaZulu boss Steve Barker‚ in Saturday night’s last 16 tie at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
"They [opposition teams] … are all difficult and Stellenbosch as well‚ lying ninth on the [NFD] log‚" Chiefs’ coach said on Thursday.
"They have accumulated 30 points‚ they have lost nine‚ drawn seven and won seven. The record speaks for itself. We sent our people to observe them — they are quite a strong team."
Komphela said Chiefs’ focus had been to recover from a demoralising 3-1 defeat against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday, which has left Amakhosi eight points adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premiership.
"The first two days are where you are trying to be more of a mental therapist: get rid of it‚ deal with it mentally‚ freshen your mind‚" he said. "And obviously that is also based on the fact that when you do your debrief you reflect. Without feedback you can’t look forward. And unfortunately part of that feedback is not positive [this week].
"From a tactical point of view‚ Stellenbosch looked quite clear. The matches we saw‚ they play three at the back.
"Sometimes‚ beyond a 3-5-2‚ they would make it 5-3-2.
"They have got quite a few players who are a threat. And Steve Barker has been in the PSL. We know his Tuks teams would work. They would be difficult to break. And any team is likely to be a reflection of the DNA of the coach. So they are quite competent and quite strong.
"But again‚ this is Chiefs … any match you play is a cup final.
"We just came through a cup final on the weekend. We’ve gone through 22 cup finals [in the league]. There are seven more awaiting us."