Bet on Free State Stars to take Chiefs to penalties.
20 Apr 2018 KAYA VOICES
By Mosibodi Whitehead
There’s no denying that Steve Komphela is under fire going into tomorrow’s Nedbank Cup semi-final clash against Free State Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. No amount of spin doctoring will change the fact that, in almost three years at Kaizer Chiefs, he is yet to win a trophy. And Amakhosi fans are now gatvol! They say Komphela inherited a championship-winning team from his predecessor Stuart Baxter and quickly turned them into a defensive outfit that is not only struggling to score goals but is incapable of hitting the back of the net with regularity. And the statistics seem to support this.
In the league alone, The Glamour Boys have played a staggering 36 draws and the 2017/2018 PSL season is not over yet. But what of Chiefs’ performances in cup competitions where draws are not possible? Even then, Komphela’s record leaves supporters irate. Chiefs have played in three cup semi-finals during Komphela’s tenure. Most recently in 2017, they were beaten 1-0 by Bidvest Wits in the final four of Telkom Knockout. In 2015, Amakhosi qualified for two semi-finals in Komphela’s first six months in charge. They beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 on aggregate over two legs of the MTN8 semi-final before going on to beat Orlando Pirates on penalties in the semi-final of the ˆ later that year.
But because it took a Bernard Parker penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw against Siwelele in the first leg of that 2015 MTN8 semi, it means that since Komphela has taken over at Naturena, they have only managed to score one goal in open play in a cup semi-final. That’s over six hours of semi-final football during which Siphelele Mthembu was the only Chiefs player to score from open play.
And if one considers that Ea Lla koto beat Amakhosi on penalties in the quarterfinals of the 2016 TKO then a betting man would not bet on Amakhosi winning tomorrow’s semi-final in regulation time. Add this to the fact that it took a referee’s added-time goal from Teenage Hadebe for Chiefs to beat Stars 1-0 in a league match earlier this month and the picture becomes even clearer. Tomorrow’s semi-final will go to penalties and I’m willing to bet on it.
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