KAIZER Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is ruing what he describes as “unnecessary draws”, a phenomenon that has scuppered his Premier Soccer League title hopes.
Following their goalless draw against AmaZulu at FNB Stadium on Saturday, their 12th stalemate of the season, Chiefs’ chances of winning the league are now slim as they are seven points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Komphela feels some of those matches, especially those that finished goalless, they should have won but were let down by a lack of scoring which has been their main downfall. “The table never lies. I think if you look at the table you can see where we did well and where we could have done better,” Komphela said.
“Too many draws, unnecessary and I’m sure eight of them were goalless. I raise my hand and it’s my responsibility to win such matches. “But if you look at the match against AmaZulu, could we have scored at least a goal or two? For sure but nobody wants to hear that, people want results so that’s where we went wrong, our lack of goal scoring and too many draws.”
Chiefs have scored 20 goals in 24 matches this season and Komphela is aware that’s not good enough to challenge for the championship. He believes that they need a goal scorer who can bang in goals week in and week out. “Attacks make a big difference in any match. You can go as far back as Vasco da Gama when Sibusiso Zuma was there, they were in the middle of the log.
“Moroka Swallows when Gordon Igesund was coaching back then they had Siyabonga Nomvethe who kept them there. At Chiefs when we had Knowledge Musona or Collins Mbesuma. Strikers make a difference. “Maybe it is one thing we are not consistent with. The more number of goals you get from whoever plays up front, the better the chances of winning the championship.”
Komphela also admitted that their title chances are now hanging on by a thread and that they may need a miracle to win the league. “We just made it even more difficult for ourselves. We’ve opened the gap, we thought by now it would be five points and put pressure on leaders.
“We will keep on pushing and be as professional as possible for every second and minute given to us. We will try to do the best we can that we get results and from there we will see what happens with the rest of other teams.”