Things around Kaizer Motaung
“I don’t blame the supporters for feeling the way they do. I understand where they are coming from, but I probably feel worse than them.”
These were the words of Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung as he reacted to calls for coach Steve Komphela’s head.
Motaung said the coach was still “safe” in his position.
“You can’t start pressing panic buttons after just two or even four matches,” he said, referring to the successive losses to Bidvest Wits (2-1) in the league on Tuesday night and a shock 1-0 defeat to Cape Town City in the MTN8 quarterfinal on Friday.
“There is no need for a knee-jerk reaction,” he said, and he pleaded for Komphela to be given more time.
“People must understand that we made some wholesale changes to the squad and there are players who still have not been given a chance. We can’t let two games derail our plans,” said the veteran club boss.
Motaung pointed out that the club had a bad start under Stuart Baxter, losing badly to Mamelodi Sundowns, but went on to win the league two seasons ago. He also bemoaned the injury of Eric “Tower” Mathoho.
“Our performance against Wits was poor and we couldn’t get the desired result. City just rubbed salt into the wound, but we need to be circumspect. We can still turn things around.”