Dladla: Why Komphela's third season at Kaizer Chiefs will be a success

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Dladla has backed Komphela, who is under pressure ahead of his third season as Amakhosi head coach

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Josta Dladla has stated that Steve Komphela has earned the trust of Amakhosi players.

The Soweto giants have failed to win any major trophy since Komphela replaced Stuart Baxter prior to the 2015/16 season.

Dladla, who is now retired, believes that the 50-year-old tactician's third season at Amakhosi will be a success.

“Obviously he struggled the first two times around. I think the players just were used to a different system‚ and the coach came in with a different system‚” Dladla told The Sowetan.

“It takes time for players to understand what a coach wants. But you could see in the second season that he was much better," he said.

“If he keeps the same players then they will know what the coach wants. He’s also going to be understanding the players more‚ and the players will work for him," he continued.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns winger believes that Komphela was still finding his feet at the Naturena-based club last season.

“And when he’s going for new players‚ obviously he knows where he actually lacks. So I think next season’s going to be much better for him.

“It’s about time to give South African coaches and ex-players a chance. I mean‚ look at how Eric Tinkler is doing. Benni McCarthy now is coming into the picture. Komphela‚ as well – give him a chance,"he stressed.

Amakhosi were touted as one of the PSL title favourites at some point during their 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions last season, but ultimately, they finished fourth in the league.

“When a new coach comes‚ the players think that he’s coming with a new philosophy and they don’t initially always feel they know what he’s doing‚” he added.

“It’s about trust. Trusting in whatever the coach is telling them‚ and it takes time to drill that into the players," Dladla explained.

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“It took the first season‚ which was all about that. And you could see by the second season they were starting to understand it.

“So obviously by next season it’s going to be much better. Because now there will be trust between the players and the coach‚ and the management as well. He’s getting the support," he said.

“If you believe in something‚ it’s going to end up working in the end," he concluded.

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