Chiefs aim for a win

2015-08-05 06:00

KAIZER CHIEFS coach Steve Komphela feels he is well-equipped to face former employers Maritzburg United when he comes up against the Team of Choice tonight (05/08).

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions take on the KwaZulu-Natal side in their MTN8 quarter-final match-up at the FNB Stadium, as Komphela prepares for his first official match at the helm of Amakhosi against his former team.

“A leopard doesn’t change its spots,” Komphela was quoted as saying in the press conference ahead of the midweek fixture.

“We have to do our homework. I know them in and out. The beauty of it is that I’m the only new inclusion here. They have a challenge too; they have changed the coach and players.

“We have only top teams in the MTN8 and I’m facing my former employer and Mandla Ncikazi is a good coach. We are preparing accordingly,” he added.

Chiefs are the holders of the MTN8 trophy after beating Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in last year’s final.

Komphela says the Glamour Boys are eager to retain their title.

“The desire to win the MTN8 is there, we are hungry,” said the Kroonstad-born mentor.

“We want to defend the cup. The players have tasted victory before and they want to do it again. We are all in it to win it,” he continued.

“We have a strong squad of humble and dedicated players. We aren’t focusing on negatives. We just want to win the match,” said Komphela.

Despite their Carling Black Label Cup defeat against Pirates, Komphela said he felt well-prepared after a good pre-season, insisting he was not stressed as he relished the start of the new campaign.

“I’m privileged to have enough time to settle. I’m fairly comfortable.

“Pre-season matches have given me a chance to get feedback that I can work on,” Komphela said.

“I don’t have much stress. We are waiting for Wednesday night.”

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