Ekstein helping Kaizer Chiefs' technical team to plot Acornbush United's downfall

Komphela has revealed that he's been profiling his opponents ahead of this weekend's match, adding that Ekstein was helpful in the preparations

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela is well aware of what to expected from ABC Motsepe side Acornbush United in Sunday's Nedbank Cup Last 16 match.  

Acornbush stunned Cape Town City in the Last 32 three weeks ago, but Komphela aims to use his knowlegde of some of the players he worked with in the past to steer Amakhosi to victory.  

He revealed that Hendrick Ekstein has been helpful in terms identifying a few of Acornbush's danger men whom he played with in the youth ranks.  

The 49-year-old stressed the importance of the encounter, saying Acornbush wouldn't have beaten a PSL side (Cape Town City) if this competition wasn't important to them. 

"To profile such opponents is not as easy, and even at the back of your profile, a lot could change – in their favour‚ or our favour‚" Komphela told the media.

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"There are a few players we know from them. I’ve worked with them from when I was at Free State Stars‚ Junior Nyathi‚ Sifiso Thomo‚ Madoda Motha, and there also some of their kids we are profiling – we’ve got information from our own players. Pule Ekstein was telling us‚ ‘coach‚ this one I’ve worked with’," revealed Komphela. 

"And it is important to understand their qualities, but one thing we know is that this team cannot just beat a Premier League side if they are not serious, and they wouldn’t have topped their log if they were not serious. So, we are going there with the understanding that this is a serious match," added the Amakhosi mentor.