Steve Komphela feels Kaizer Chiefs' woes are aided by abuse from social media

The Soweto giants continue to struggle for positive results, and Komphela believes the abuse his players get on social media has had impact

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela feels his side's inability to win games is aided by the abuse his players get on social media.

The Glamour Boys are winless in their last six matches in all competitions, and scoring goals remains their biggest challenge this season. 

“Unfortunately we are living in the social media era where everything is in the players’ faces‚” Komphela told reporters on Wednesday.

“At the end of the game, the player goes out and checks (what is being said about him). If he has missed chances‚ they say he is a cow‚ he is this and that. That player is obviously going to be affected emotionally and mentally and he is not going to be the same player in terms of trying to score in the next game,” he added.

“He won’t want to get into a position which is going to expose him because after trying and failing he faces abuse,” he added.

The 50-year-old emphasized the need for coaches to act as psychologists, especially when their teams are not doing well; the role he continues to play during the club's toughest times. 

“Any coach must have some level of skill of being as psychologist. You are dealing with emotions. If they are high‚ you must detect and bring them down. If they are too low and you feel they are just about to crumble‚ you have to lift them. When you determine what action to take to lift them up or bring them down go mother Earth – it calls for a certain level of understanding," 

Following their 1-0 defeat to Chippa United on Wednesday, Komphela admitted that his players were down after the final whistle, but said he had to quickly lift their spirits.

He urged his Amakhosi charges to show character and not drop their shoulders because that will depress millions of their fans who still believe in the team. 

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“At the end of the match‚ when the referee blew the whistle‚ you could see all the gold and black shirts (Chiefs) were down. The first thing that comes to mind is “what message are we sending?” he explained. 

“You have to immediately go there and lift them up because it is not only about the players going down, but it is the depression they send to their own (supporters) in the stands," he continued. 

“It is not only for coaches to inspire players but it is also for players to stand on behalf of their people. We have to show character‚ that we’ve taken it on the chin and we can say‚ ‘I still have my head held up high’. You need that because if you drop your shoulders, you are depressing those who support you,” concluded Komphela.