Another knockout competition and another elimination for Steve Komphela’s Kaizer Chiefs. With his future at the club in doubt, how does Komphela rationalise another semifinal exit?
A red card was shown to Wiseman Meyiwa, who wasn’t so wise (you saw that coming didn’t you?), for stamping on Daine Klate leg. The resulting freekick was played into the Kaizer Chiefs box, Wits’ Mkhwanazi headed the ball across to Keene who finished it off with his own header to put Bidvest Wits one goal up and effectively ending the game.
“I thought the first half we didn’t do well and obviously the red card we conceded changed dimensions,” Komphela told SuperSport after the game.
I happened to be at the Bidvest Stadium Saturday and I secretly hoped Steve Komphela and his team could get a result. This was not because I predicted they would win and if they didn’t I’d look like I don’t know what I am talking but because I wanted Komphela to catch a break for once.
In the second half, Steve Komphela threw caution to the wind and replaced Daniel Cardoso a defender with Gustavo Paez a striker. Kaizer Chiefs, with 10-men, played better than they did with their full complement of players.
Komphela ditched his mind-numbingly boring 5-3-2 formation for an attacking 3-3-3 which gave the Bidvest Wits backline headaches.
“The second half was better. We created more chances and we spent more time on their half than ours. It’s just unfortunate that we have to lose matches of this calibre, but again the lesson we’ve learned is that the mistakes we make are very crucial we cannot afford that,” said Komphela.
“You had to be positive, you’re losing, it’s a knockout competition. You had to make a choice; you compromise one of the defenders I thought it worked well. Even when we suffered one man we could have scored here, the chance that Zuma had when he hit the crossbar and the one where he clashed with the goalkeeper. In matches of this calibre you have to take one of them,” he added.
Kaizer Chiefs played well but could not find the back of the net.
Steve Komphela is skating on thin ice with a 25kg dumbbell in his backpack. The Kaizer Chiefs management is a string of bad results away from axing him.
Komphela is better than that. Kaizer Chiefs isn’t playing the type of football we saw his teams in Free State Stars and Maritzburg United play. Komphela has become more afraid to lose than he is excited about winning.