Komphela hails Kaizer Chiefs' great comeback at Ajax Cape Town

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The Urban Warriors brought to an end Amakhosi's five-match winning run on Saturday, but Komphela was happy with one point

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela admitted that Ajax Cape Town gave a good account of themselves in the two teams' 1-1 at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday. 

Nathan Paulse fired the Urban Warriors ahead in the 52nd minute, but a late Daniel Cardoso header rescued a point for Amakhosi. 

"I think one has to compliment Ajax - they played a good game there was a good energy in the match," Komphela said after the match.

Komphela felt his team was okay on the ball, but admitted that they needed to be alert to avoid being caught on a counter-attack.  
 
"Possession-wise we were still okay, but clearly whenever you are consistently on the ball, the next logical step is to suffer a counter-attack. So, all that we needed to control was whilst in possession be alert about the next action that might hurt you, which is how they came to hurt us and I think we failed to deal with the cross. As soon as they cross, you know their strength is always in the air with Nathan Paulse," he said.

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He added that the game was a good advert of football, especially for the neutrals, and he was impressed with how Rheece Evans and Joseph Moloangane kept the intensity level high throughout the match. 
 
"From a game's point of view, I thought it was a good advert of football, nice intensity, good energy and both sets of players played a good game and the excitement as well that you got from the left midfield and the right-back... Rheece Evans going up against Tight (Joseph Molangoane), it was quite exciting and I thought we could get more of that and finally get the breakthrough and the glancing header from - was it Cardoso?... I think it was great comeback," he continued.  

While Komphela understands the importance of winning every match at this stage of the season, he felt the draw was a true reflection of the game. 

"It would not have been nice for them to have lost the game at the back of the performance they gave. A draw... you don't want to draw matches at this stage of the season, but we will take it. Performance-wise, we are happy with ourselves," Komphela concluded.

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