Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela likens Dumisani Zuma to Siyabonga Nomvethe

Komphela worked with Nomvethe in the early years of his coaching career at Amakhosi, and he feels the club has someone similar to him in Zuma

Dumisani Zuma may have struggled for regular game time in his first few months at Kaizer Chiefs, but his work rate is unquestionable, according to Steve Komphela.

The 22-year-old started the last two matches which Amakhosi won, and he opened his account with a sublime finish in the 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town last weekend. 

Komphela praised Zuma for patiently waiting for his chance as well as making the most of the opportunity given to him so far by the technical team.  

"I think he must be complimented for being patient enough, and 'Msholozi' is typical of abantu bakithi [our people]," Komphela told the media.

The 50-year-old mentor revealed how he had to get the monster out of Zuma, whom he described as subdued and quiet. 

"You will never see him until you want to see him, because he doesn't show himself. They're the kind of people who are very subdued, [and] quiet. You need to know the quality they possess for you to bring them in, but if you don't pick that up, you're going to overlook him," he said. 

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"Even as he was going on, I had to scream at him just to get the monster out of him. He is very calm. He's a clinical finisher. Even against Platinum Stars, he started... he was okay. In moments where he got turned and then went forward, you could see. He hardly loses possession. So, we just hope he will go on and on. Even from Bloemfontein Celtic, he's got the quality," he added.

Komphela further likened Zuma to veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe, whom he worked with at Chiefs in the late 1990's. 

"So, the only thing you need to understand is the character and the personality of him. Don't be misled by his silence and think that he's cold; he's not cold, he's lethal. He's similar to Nomvethe. Nomvethe would be quiet but he'd kill you. So, that's what you get from Msholozi. Even the goal he scored [against Ajax]... clinical. One-on-one, he will never forgive you," concluded Komphela.