Komphela optimistic ahead of Ea Lla Koto showdown
28 August 2014
Maritzburg United coach Steve Komphela will be in an upbeat mood as he leads his team into battle against his former club, Free State Stars, on Saturday.
The Team of Choice have made a more than satisfactory start to the season, taking seven points from their opening four matches, and scoring six goals in the process and conceding just twice.
Komphela has also been able to rotate his squad considerably, blending inexperience and youth with a couple of more seasoned campaigners, but still getting the side to carry out his game-plan to good effect.
“Three goals, three points, what more can you ask for,” he said after the midweek win over Chippa United. “And I’m sure if there were 15 000 people here, come the next match, its going to be 15 001.
“We played extremely well against Polokwane City (2-0 win), we played fairly well against Sundowns (1-1) under circumstances, we played badly against Bidvest Wits (0-1) This was not an easy performance, we expect the guys to do even better than this , because they have the capacity.”
He continued: “I was happy with the left midfielder, Banda, who did very well, though at the end you could see he was tiring. John Paintsil as well, who kept a nice shape at the back with Kwanda Mgomyama. Ashley Hartog did a good job, Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Cele, as well. Overall a pleasing performance by the team, they stuck to the plan and we are happy with the result.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana central defender is now looking forward to the challenge that a trip to Bethlehem brings, Komphela bracing himself for what he expects to be a tough game against his former employers Free State Stars.
“One thing that we must acknowledge is that the PSL has become difficult, highly competitive and I must complement my colleagues in the PSL as well. Tactically people are coming up with a plan that us clear and its putting you under pressure and stress.
“We have played them before, we have seen them before, and they are very organised defensively. And when they break, they are telling. We have to be up to scratch, but the plus is we are going to the match with a victory behind us.”
Maritzburg United welcomes your comments - please use the facebook plug-in below to have your say...