Khompela admits that Chiefs slump is giving him sleepless nights
Yet again Steve Khompela is left scratching his head after Kaizer Chiefs’ latest result. Amakhosi were held to a goal less draw by Ajax Cape Town at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night to extend their winless streak to seven games in all competitions. Yet again The Glamour Boys had themselves to blame for failing to collect all points as countless chances went a-begging. Lucas Twala and Bernard Parker were particularly wasteful as both squandered one-on-one opportunities to leave the already under-pressure-coach asking what must be done to end the slump. “It’s the same old story. If you were to go to anymore post-match press conference clip you would find the same statements, to the extent that it is too much. You can’t be saying the same thing again and again and again. The chances we missed, you don’t know why we don’t have the composure to take them,” said Khompela.
Khompela’s frustration is exacerbated by the fact that composure in front of goal is exactly what the team worked on during the recent FIFA International break. “Another draw. We just have to say go back and work on your finishing. We just have to work on our finishing, which we do anyway. We had about twenty days during the FIFA break and all that we were doing is finishing. Entries we managed, but the end product is missing!” exclaimed Khompela. So who is to blame? The players for failing to convert chances or the coach for failing to inspire his players to victory? The fans are divided. Speaking to a few at the FNB Stadium after the game, many question the commitment of senior players including the likes of captain Sihpiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker while some suggest that Khompela needs to shake things up.
And with the fans questioning Khompela’s ability to lead the 2014/2015 ABSA Premiership champions, Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa had some words of encouragement. De Sa has gone through similar strife while at the helm of Orlando Pirates, and earlier in the season with the Urban Warriors. de Sa had some words of advice for Khompela saying he should hang in there, “I know what Steve is going through. When the goals don’t come you end up hoping that the ball will hit the guy on the back of the head and goes in. But that happens with strikers and teams all over the world.”
For Khompela and The Glamour Boys they will soldier on until the end of the season. Now mathematically out of the title race, the league’s defending champions say their aim is to collect as many points as possible from the five remaining matches in order to finish in a respectable position on the log. Whether that’s second or seventh will depend on whether the Amakhosi front men can start finding the back of the net with some regularity.