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Komphela: You have to embrace pressure

Kaizer Chiefs lost their opening PSL match & face a motivated Cape Town City FC in their MTN8 clash.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says in his job you have to be willing to embrace pressure, while also stating his intention of making the Chiefs faithful proud.

Amakoshi lost their opening PSL encounter to title rivals Wits on Tuesday and face a motivated Cape Town City FC this evening in their MTN 8 quarter-final.

Their opponents made a dream start to their league campaign, beating Polokwane City 2-0 at the same venue in which they will play this evening.

At the press conference on Thursday, Komphela cut a relaxed figure readily engaging with the media present. Undoubtedly, being at the helm at Chiefs carries certain pressures naturally and a burden of expectation in every match.

Komphela though believes many would want his job: "You have got to be addicted to pressure, this is one great brand! Who wouldn't want this job? Even if it would just be for a day. It is a wonderful job but you have to embrace the pressure."

Komphela said he uses the passion of the fans as motivation: "The most important part of it is to do right because there is a lot of people who expect to be happy, which is what drives us."

He added that he is willing to make brave decision for the betterment of Chiefs.

"I have been given the chance to lead and you must be prepared to sacrifice yourself."

Komphela though said they are "optimistic" ahead of their clash against Cape Town City and it provides an opportunity to "rectify" some of their mistakes from Tuesday's match.

The captivating coach made it clear he is focused on bringing glory to the Amakhosi fans.

"I want us to deliver for these Chiefs people, there are lots of people who love this team and want to see this team winning and that is my ambition."