Absa Premiership

Komphela: Foreign imports take time to settle

Lewis Macha (Gallo Images)
Lewis Macha (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has called for patience over expectations regarding the club’s newly-signed contingent of foreign players.

Included in Amakhosi’s list of off-season signings were Zambian marksman Lewis Macha and Zimbabwean forwards Edmore Chirambadare and Mitchell Katsvairo.

Macha has featured in both of Chiefs’ opening games of the season – defeats to Bidvest Wits in the league and Cape Town City in the MTN8.

Chirambadare started in their 1-0 loss to the Citizens last Friday, while Katsvairo is yet to make his competitive debut for the Soweto giants.

With expectations always high amongst the Chiefs fans, the start to the season has not gone down well. And it’s always easy to point fingers at new arrivals when things are not going according to plan.

But Komphela is adamant the trio will prove their worth over the course of the season and believes they just need a bit of time to settle in.

"They have only played two matches. One would have hoped that they would be given a bit of a chance," he told Mzansi Football.

"Adaptation is not easy for foreign players."

"The culture and the way of playing the game is very different here. From a technical point of view, in terms of their finishing, their technique, it's tops.

"I think strikers are born with that natural instinct, but it takes time."

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