| Promising Start Pleases Coach Komphela
Maritzburg United manager Steve Komphela was able to take several positives out of Friday night’s 1-1 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns.
A lapse of concentration meant that the Team of Chioice were 1-0 down after just one minute played, after Mame Niang played in Katlego Mashego at the back post.
But the PMB side played their way back in to the game admirably, showing confidence and composure as they knocked the ball around, eventually levelling matters in the final minute of the game through Mohammed Awal’s coolly taken spot kick.
“We didn’t play badly. We played the way we thought we could, we can only get better,” said Komphela after the match at Loftus.
“We played well, we could keep the ball, we could start from the back,” he continued. “There was some sweet play, some cohesion, you could see a bit of a team in motion.
“The only thing that I thought that we lacked was the confidence in the box, the finesse. But there a lot of positives out of this. The three youngsters that were thrown in did very well, Mekoa, van Wyk, Mohau did extremely well, I didn’t know that he was that strong in the air.
“What better platform do you want than to break the ice in the PSL and to play against the champions?”
Komphela now plans to ensure that he keeps the players’ heads out of the clouds as they prepare for their upcoming match against Polokwane City on Wednesday, United’s first home game of the season.
“The challenge for the coaches is that we shouldn’t get too arrogant. We have shown that we can play, even against one of the big teams. Now its time to get proper control, management of the players,” said Komphela.