At the same time they have ensured there is surely no way back for the Chiefs coach as Komphela’s chance of finally delivering some silverware to Naturena after three barren seasons in charge, ended on a muggy night in Durban.
Costly defensive errors ultimately proved Chiefs’ undoing, as both Stars’ goal came from simple crosses that Tchilimbou expertly tucked away.
Chiefs had no yet touched the ball by the time Nyiko Mbbie whipped in a perfect cross from the right and Tchilimbou rose unchallenged to head home.
That he had acres of space in the heart of the Chiefs defence spoke to the defensive disorganization that ultimately cost Komphela and his club dear.
Chiefs might have the best defensive record in the Absa Premiership but in this cup game they looked rank amateurs at times
Mulomowandau Mathoho missed the cross for the first and when Patrick Phungwayo put in an innocuous ball in the 34th minute, it was badly missed by Daniel Cardoso and allowed Tchilimbou to finish from close range. Itumeleng Khune had no chance with either, effectively exposed by his two centrebacks.
To their credit, Chiefs did show some fight but managed to miss some incredible sitters as well as finding Stars’ goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni in stellar form.
Ryan Moon was off target with two headers early on and Joseph Molongoane had a shot stopped by the legs of Ngobeni as Chiefs made early chances for themselves that they could not finish.
Komphela had to make drastic changes and brought Dumisani Zuma before half-time and Leonard Castro at the break.