Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has voiced his backing for under-fire coach Steve Komphela and bemoaned the fans’ ill-treatment of him in recent weeks.
Komphela has faced criticism from a multitude of Amakhosi fans following a run of poor results that has seen the team go without a win in their last seven games in competitions.
However, the players have voiced solidarity with their mentor and Tshabalala believes the only way to help is by ensuring positive results in their coming games.
“It’s not a nice situation to be in currently – for the team, players and most importantly for the coach – but we are fully behind the coach,” ‘Shabba’ told reporters at Naturena on Monday morning.
“We support him, and the only way to show that we believe in him and we want him to stay and succeed is through performances and results.”
Having bore witness to fans hurling objects at the 49-year-old tactician, the former Bafana Bafana attacker says it affects the players mentally, and pleads for fans to understand that he is more than just a coach.
“It definitely gets to us, it’s not a nice situation to witness because he’s not only a coach, but he’s a father, husband, brother and a good human being,” Tshabalala added.
“It’s not nice to see what has been happening in recent weeks but we [as a team] can only change that, like I’ve said, through good performances and positive results.”
Chiefs’ next test will be against a steadied Bloemfontein Celtic outfit that has lost only once under interim coach Lehlohonolo Seema, and are unbeaten in their last four matches.
The fixture is scheduled to kick off at 19h30 at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.