Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela refrains from blaming referee for controversial Platinum Stars opener
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Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was reluctant to point fingers at the match officials for their role in his sides failure to beat Platinum Stars.
Dikwena held Chiefs to a 1-1 draw at the FNB Stadium although Robert N’Gambi’s opener for the visitors did not actually cross the line.
Following the match Komphela remaining diplomatic when discussing the controversial decision to award the goal.
“I think one has to respect the game and also give benefit to the officials. I think the assistant referee should have been in line with the goal – I didn’t see, I still have to go to the data and see what happened,” he told SuperSport.
The 49-year-old went on to again reiterate that Chiefs are currently a work in progress and many areas still needed significant work.
“The biggest challenge when working on a project is that it doesn’t come together at once and in the process of getting things there are a lot of setbacks to suffer,” Komphela said.
“We have to get the team playing and winning and then we will start outlining finer details. There is still a lot of work to be done.”
Speaking about the match Komphela underline some of the side’s weaknesses but admitted that they deserved to have got more than a draw from the encounter.
“I thought we picked up very late and we struggled to fight for the first ball or pick up the second ball and start playing from there,” he said.
“What I found to be happening consistently as soon as we regained the ball, as we wanted to be on a transition going forward we lost a step, made the wrong pass, took the wrong decision. When you are desparate it is not easy to make good decisions but again they [the players] battled, they fought hard. I would say we will take a point – but we deserve better.”