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Steve Komphela: Kaizer Chiefs shouldn't forget Orlando Pirates in PSL title race

11:28 GMT+3 12/02/2018
Itumeleng Khune and Steve Komphela
Komphela was in a jovial mood as Amakhosi sealed their passage to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, but he also has one eye on the PSL title race

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela jokingly wished that Itumeleng Khune would have a running stomach more often after helping the Soweto giants advance to the Nedbank Cup Last 16.

Khune produced a man of the match winning performance in Amakhosi's 3-0 win over Golden Arrows at the FNB Stadium on Sunday despite suffering from a stomach bug.

The 50-year-old mentor praised his shot-stopper and captain for the great job on the day. 

"The quality that he’s got when he pulls saves like those is the essence of goalkeepers. If you have a top quality keeper at the back you have confidence to defend, and football is not a game where you will be perfect throughout 90 minutes," Komphela told the media.

“He does that consistently. It’s good that an athlete commits to the course, plays very well; saves and makes their team win when they are still not on top of their physical condition. We wish him speedy recovery, but with regards to that, it’s his job,” he said. 

“With regards to defence, we have to polish, but football is never a perfect game, that’s the beauty of it,” continued Komphela. 

Asked if their win over Arrows will help boost their morale in the remaining 10 league matches of the season, Komphela said: “In as much as we are looking at the ourselves as Kaizer Chiefs and also Mamelodi Sundowns, we should not forget our neighbors (Orlando Pirates), they are also in the mix.”

“We have to factor them in, it’s going to be very interesting and it's only good for the Absa Premiership and the game in South Africa,” he added.

"I hope all of us in this industry will take benefit and grow, that it only makes a brand of football in South Africa more competitive and appetizing," said the Amakhosi mentor.

“You can imagine three points gained and maybe let’s say Sundowns drop three, the gap is four, anxiety builds, nine matches to go there’s no room for mistakes. It’s going to be very tight. I’ll just leave it there. It’s going to be very interesting,” concluded Komphela.