COMMENT: Toothless Kaizer Chiefs must forget PSL title and focus on Nedbank Cup

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Defence alone can't win you titles, and this is evident with Chiefs, who have the best defensive record but still can't claim to be title contenders

After yet another uninspiring performance against AmaZulu, Kaizer Chiefs must now shift their focus on the Nedbank Cup to salvage what has been a very disappointing season. 

Amakhosi further lost ground in the title race following their goalless draw at home to Usuthu, and while Steve Komphela continues to defend his players, they still hardly deliver when it matters the most. 

With six league games to go before the end of the season, Chiefs have 18 points to play for, and although they're still mathematically in the race, they are highly unlikely to win all their remaining matches and turn the title race on its head. 

They just lack a killer instict, and they're not ruthless enough upfront. Being the lowest scoring team (20) in the top five teams somewhat sums up Amakhosi's campaign that they are not championship material. 

While they have looked solid at the back having conceded 15 goals and kept 13 cleansheets in the league this season, the problem lies with how Komphela continues to utilise his attack-minded players to ensure that they find the back of the net on a regular basis. 

Steve Komphela, Kaizer Chiefs

The 50-year-old mentor is spoiled for choice with Dumisani Zuma, Ryan Moon, Gustavo Paez, Leonardo Castro and Bernard Parker all available to lead his attack among others. 

However, he has failed on several occasions to get this right. At the beginning of the season, Paez was the go-to-guy in terms of goals, but when Moon started to chip in with goals, the South American striker was reduced to an impact player by the coach. 

At this stage, Castro appears to be the main striker at Chiefs after pleading for more minutes on the pitch. He has rewarded the coach's faith in him with three goals already this year. 

But having said that, it is Komphela who should get his combinations right the same way he did with his defence. It's too late now for him to try new combinations upfront, because the league title is completely out of their hands. 

A team that looks toothless upfront can certainly not win games, and this is evident when one looks at the number of draws Chiefs have played this term (12) - that's 24 points dropped and they could have been up there with the rest of the chasing pack had they at least turned half those draws into wins. 

Tactically, Chiefs look very poor at times, and the execution of their game plan is often not clear enough, and this is a serious indictment on Komphela because he's in his third season with the club. 

Chiefs PSL record

Perhaps it's time Komphela accepted that the 3-4-3 system with five defensive-minded players in front of Itumeleng Khune is not always going to win him games. He needs to be able to switch between different formations depending on his opponents. 

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Chiefs' title charge collapsed at this stage in the last two seasons, and they appear to have not learned anything from the past mistakes, and for this reason, Komphela must just forget about winning the league title, and channel his energy and that of the players towards winning the Nedbank Cup.

It is not a foregone conclusion that Chiefs will do well in the competition, as they still need to be tactically sound against Baroka to stand any chance of progressing to the semi-finals, and possibly reach the final.  

Komphela must pull a rabbit out of the hat in the remaining matches and play his more creative players and appease the Amakhosi fans that have lost connection with a club they have known and loved for winning major trophies.  

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