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Nothing’s wrong but something’s not right, says Komphela
Steve Komphela's incumbency as Kaizer Chiefs head coach has been a procession of regression. With the passage of time, the tide has not turned for the better.
In his maiden season, black bone like me managed to take the team to two cup finals. The overwhelming favourites underwhelmed when they were upset by underdogs Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8.
Komphela's spirited charge towards his first ever trophy triumph met a crushing cul-de-sac when the marauding men from Mamelodi snatched the Telkom Knockout.
Orlando Pirates nullified trophy thoughts when they nuggetted Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup at the last-16 stage. Season sans silverware part one.
Things nosedived further last season with frightening quarterfinal exits to newbies Cape Town City (MTN8), Free State Stars (Telkom) and SuperSport United (Nedbank). Season sans silverware part two.Unhappy army
Partly lack of luck - truth be told, there are times when Chiefs have played all the football but just couldn't get the bloody ball into the net. Mostly, it is his own making.
The audience that is the unhappy army of Amakhosi faithful, the majority of whom were never really sold that he was up to the task, are sitting on the sidelines not enthralled that Komphela allowed the closest thing to a sharpest tool they had in the shed, George Lebese, to leave. Moody? Frustratingly yes! But Lebese was one of his best. Ryan Moon was seen in Chiefs colours only after scoring two goals for Bafana Bafana in that circus competition called Chan. Ditto Bongolwethu Jayiya.
Teenage Hadebe, the latest acquisition from that favourite Chicken Inn hunting ground, is now injured without the fans getting a glimpse of whether he is a hit or miss. What is the point of pre-season?
Komphela's Apla approach has seen one season, one assistant: Doctor Khumalo, John Pantsil and now Patrick Mabedi.