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Steve Komphela takes Chiefs pressure on the chin

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela seems to be handling the mounting pressure on him from fans well.

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela. Picture: Kaizer Chiefs/Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela seems to be handling the mounting pressure on him from the club's fans very well, at least that's the message he's sending out to everyone asking how he's feeling at the moment.

Fresh calls for him to be sacked by the Amakhosi faithful resurfaced last night, as the Soweto giants were held to a 1-1 draw by Platinum Stars at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night, in a match that wasn't short of high drama.

Chiefs have not won a league match since 27 April 2016, where they beat the, now relegated, University of Pretoria, since then, they've had a mixed bag of unfavourable results.

The Glamour Boys lost their first game of the 2016/2017 season to Bidvest Wits and then were shockingly knocked out of the MTN 8 by new kids on the block, Cape Town City.

It was believed that they would come back stronger and hungrier after the international break, but it seems that the team is still is underwhelming self, looking uninspired and undetermined to dominate their opponents.

To their credit, they probably shouldn't have lost their clash against Stars, after Robert Ng'ambi's goal was falsely awarded by the referee, who believed it had crossed the line, when in fact it didn't.

Perhaps it could be said that the team is still going through a transitional phase and that they're trying to find their feet. It could also be said that the coach is trying to find what works for him, but unfortunately, the Premier Soccer League does not allow teams to take sufficient time to establish themselves.

With the odds stacked heavily against him, and most people anticipating that his days as the Chiefs boss are numbered, Komphela is seeming relatively comfortable and untroubled in the hot seat.

"If you want to feel it [pressure] you will feel it, but you have to acknowledge the fact that this is a hot seat. There have been great analogies coming through, if you want comfort, go to the bank and be a bank teller…leave this spot. There's a huge responsibility, there's expectations."

The gaffer adds that he can't divert the pressure on him to other people because he is the man in charge and the buck stops with him.

"If really the pressure doesn't come to me, where should go? I've been given the unique opportunity to be here, that privilege comes with a lot of responsibility and I accept that. You just have to be strong, don't lose your sense of sanity because of pressure, still focus on your job, but the pressure will always be there."

The men from Naturena will have a tricky away meeting with Highlands Park next week, who picked up their first three points of the season against Baroka FC, a win in that encounter might go a long way to buying Komphela time with his detractors.

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