Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he is willing to “sacrifice” himself for the club’s supporters and promises changes to his side for their MTN 8 opener.
The Glamour Boys are preparing to face PSL newcomers Cape Town City in their MTN 8 quarter-final at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening, with only victory in sight.
Following their Absa Premiership opening day defeat to Bidvest Wits, Komphela says he is ready to ring the changes for their upcoming clash as he seeks to bounce back in the knockout competition.
“Against Wits we didn’t impose our game, but come tomorrow we will, and with confidence too,” said Komphela at their pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“We allowed them to press us without the arrogance, and we did not respond in the right way.
“We know where we went wrong and we’re going to rectify that. No difference in the mindset but the margins of error are smaller.
“You can expect changes – we have to do things in a manner that will get a result [against Cape Town City].”
With fans growing increasingly impatient with the team’s lack of results, the former Maritzburg United tactician says he understands the pressure he is under and is willing to do what it takes to bring joy back to the Amakhosi faithful.
“You must be addicted to pressure [to coach Chiefs]. This is one great club. Who would not want this job?
“You must be prepared to sacrifice yourself. It’s not about you, it’s about the team and the supporters.
“Respect the people who love this brand. It’s time to deliver for these people. It’s my ambition,” he added.
Komphela has rejected that City are a ‘new’ club, and says they are prepared for what is to come after he already sussed them out.
“Cape Town City is not new, maybe a new good logo but they are football people. We saw their structure. Manyama brought in right levels of arrogance.
“We saw what we saw and we’re comfortable. We’re anxious and want to rectify the result from midweek,” he concluded.