Mphahlele, Moleko or Molangoane - Komphela's defensive headache at Kaizer Chiefs

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Chiefs have enough depth defensively and replacing Molangoane shouldn't be much of a problem for Komphela and his technical team

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has revealed that the technical team will come up with a plan to plague the gap that will be left by Joseph Molangoane at right back position for their weekend's league match against Ajax Cape Town. 

Molangoane is suspended for Amakhosi's final match of 2017, and with both Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Kgotso Moleko still making their way back into the team, Komphela will have to improvise. 

The 50-year-old mentor confirmed that both Mphahlele and Moleko will only return to action in January, ending speculation that the former could return this weekend. 

However, he is pleased with the prospect of having all his star players back from injury, although that is going to force him to drop either Molangoane or Philani Zulu ahead of the second half of the campaign.   

"We will have to have a think about what we are going to do [with Molangoane suspended]‚ but we will have a plan," Komphela told the media.

"Moleko has started to come back. Rama as well is gaining fitness. We are just at the final stages of their protocols. We should have them in January‚" Komphela said.

"Then it will be the headache of what do you do with Philani‚ what do you do with Rama‚ what do you do with Moleko [and] Malangoane - it’s a nice one," explained Komphela.

Komphela said their formation, which has seen him go with three centre-backs of late, requires at least two wing-backs per position because of the distance that these players cover. 

"The challenge with wingbacks‚ and you can go to Tottenham [Hotspur] under [Mauricio] Pochettino‚ he will always have a [Kieran] Trippier and a Danny Rose‚ he will have a Kyle Walker and somebody else [is that] you always need to have two wingbacks because of the distance they cover," Komphela continued. 

"Molangoane is covering that distance there and back about a 100 times. Philani the [does the] same‚ and you realise that the energy is not there, but goodness me these guys keep on going," he said. 

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Komphela also highlighted the importance of Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 3-4-3 formation, saying he can play as a second striker, although he feels there are certain challenges. 

"As we are setting up with Joseph and Philani as wingbacks‚ and sitting with three centre-backs‚ Shabba [Tshabalala] in that set-up can only play as a second striker, because in a 3-4-3‚ if you are planting him wide‚ then you have to compromise a full-back," he added. 

"The challenge is when the full-backs of the opponents start coming at you. So, there is a way how we use him and it is amazing how he covers space. He [Shabba] is so experienced," concluded Komphela.