Komphela: Winning is sometimes not enough for Kaizer Chiefs

Komphela goes into this weekend’s Soweto Derby with Orlando Pirates on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is wary of the last time they played Bucs - they went into the clash on the back of similar results and went on to an eight game winless run in all competitions.

“I don’t want to look too much into that because then I feel I might attract the same sequence. The cycle is almost similar now in that we are playing Pirates on the back of six matches where we won five and drew one,” Komphela told IOL.

“We want to take this derby as one of those matches, but it is a big challenge because you have to work on the mindset of the players.

“I wish I could grab away what has been said and written about Pirates being underdogs coming into this match because players tend to relax when they hear such,” Komphela said.

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“We can’t be edgy playing in a derby. Imagine you ask your kid to bring eggs in the kitchen and warn them that if they break them you won’t have dinner because it is the last batch,” Komphela added.

“This match is not a make or break, but it is crucial in chasing the Premiership. We need to remember that at this club sometimes even a win is not enough.

“What I mean by that is if you win your match, but your rival for the title goes on to win theirs and eventually the trophy, you have lost. That is why we have to keep our eyes on the prize,” Komphela concluded.