NedbankCup : “Its sad & painful but it’s the nature of sport”, Kompela

NedbankCup : “Its sad & painful but it’s the nature of sport”, Kompela

Kaizer Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela feels his side had the better of the clash even thou the game stats and results say otherwise.


Kaizer Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela expressed his opinion after his side lost 2-0 against their arch rival Orlando Pirates courtesy of a brace from Tendai Ndoro.

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Many questioned why the coach opted for Lucky Baloyi instead of the tried and test Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane who was not even in the first eighteen.

“Its difficult to comment after this performance. Credit to the opposition.”

“I don’t know whether I should give my thoughts or feelings… Very difficult match in that it was not a true reflection of the outcome,” he told SuperSport after the match.

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“We had a great first half, we had a good match in the second half, we created more chances, but then you go on and lose a match like that. There are no explanations you can make … you must just take it.

“I personally would say ‘okay, we messed up’. We should have done better in taking those chances. Coaches will stand here and say what do we do when they miss like that? You don’t say that, you take it and say we need to improve.”

Komphela feels that, despite the scoreline, Pirates struggled to cope with Chiefs for most of the day.

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“I thought for the better part of the match they had no solution to our movement, our passing of the ball, the rotation, the retention,” he added.

“The only two errors we commited – the first was Ndoro … unmonitored and unmarked, and the second the free-kick. Those were the only two mistakes we committed the whole match and you pay the price.”


“Its sad & painful but it’s the nature of sport. For a team of this calibre, to lose out on a cup is unacceptable so we have to look at things again. See how we fix things. I’m a man of positive energy. In the midst of darkness I look for the bright skies. Always look at the positives but also acknowledge the failures. That is where real character is built”