'Kaizer Chiefs are not a kicking team, we're a playing team' - Steve Komphela slams 'pathetic' pitch

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The Glamour Boys were not at their usual best performance-wise, and Komphela believes the pitch made it extremely difficult for his players on the day

Steve Komphela was highly critical of the pitch at the Free State Stadium following Kaizer Chiefs' 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday. 

According to the 50-year-old, the grass wasn't well maintained and therefore denied the fans good football as Chiefs couldn't play their usual passing game. 

Amakhosi took the lead through Eric Mathoho's powerful header in the first half, but Atusaye Nyondo's penalty 15 minutes from time earned the home side a crucial point. 

“We couldn’t play here. I’ve heard many coaches complain about the surface, it’s a pity that we denied people good football,” Komphela said after the game. 

“I think maybe what they can do is just bring the level of the grass down or try maintain it better. I think they should try do better so that teams can play. If you are here, it means you just have to kick the ball, but we [Chiefs] are not a kicking team, we’re a playing team,” he continued.

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“You couldn’t run with the ball here, because this grass was just pathetic,” he added. 

Komphela is under immense pressure to turn things around despite still enjoying the support of his boss at Chiefs.

He needs to get his team's season back on track as soon as possible if Amakhosi are to stand any chance of challenging for the league title.

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