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Chiefs star Khumalo feeling what it is to face a bull in the ring‚ says Komphela

28 October 2016 - 15:56 By Marc Strydom

When left-back Sibusiso Khumalo admitted that Kaizer Chiefs’ players prefer to stay at home and avoid the supporters when they’re losing‚ he was only stating the reality of the situation‚ Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela has said. Chiefs’ new signing from SuperSport United Khumalo said a few weeks ago that being an Amakhosi player can be tough‚ especially when one of Africa’s biggest clubs are not winning games.He said that Chiefs players hide at home in that situation‚ rather than face the wrath of their fans.Chiefs players hide in their homes when they are not doing well, says KhumaloKaizer Chiefs players hide in their homes when Amakhosi are not doing well‚ such can be the angry reaction from the country’s biggest sporting team’s supporters. Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday‚ Komphela said Khumalo had merely come face to face with the reality of playing for the monster that is Chiefs.“One Spanish guy once said: it is different to talk about fighting the bull‚ as compared to being in the kraal with the bull‚” Chiefs’ coach said of Khumalo’s statement.“He [Khumalo] is in the big pot now – he is feeling it. When you are outside‚ it’s more from the eye. When you are inside it is from the skin – you’re feeling it.” Ironically‚ Khumalo’s energy and dynamism on the left flank after his introduction for veteran Tsepo Masilela has played a part in Chiefs turning around a poor start to go four league matches unbeaten and top the early PSL table.Komphela has chosen to blood his new signings in a new-look squad slowly‚ with the coach’s tweaks – such as Khumalo at left-back‚ and Mitchell Katsvairo at striker – yielding results.“I think one hell of a benefit we have is that we’re working with them on a daily basis‚ and we can see the degree of comfort and improvement‚” Komphela said of the progress of Amakhosi’s new signings.“So from where we sit we are still comfortable. And whenever they do come in they make a big difference.” - TMG Digital Sport ..

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