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Komphela not prioritizing league over Nedbank Cup at Kaizer Chiefs

15:52 EAT 12/03/2017
Steve Komphela Kaizer Chiefs
Amakhosi advanced to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup following their 3-0 win over Stellenbosch FC on Saturday

Second half goals from Joseph Molangoane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Gustavo Paez saw Kaizer Chiefs cruise to the Last 16 of this year's Nedbank Cup. 

Coach Steve Komphela says it would be unwise for them to prioritize one cup over the other. 

“At the risk of sounding like a stuck record - at Chiefs the mission is to just win everything,” Komphela told the media.

“There can never be a priority between the Nedbank Cup or the Premiership. But the beauty of it is that our schedule is not as tight as that of some of our competitors because they have a lot of African safaris to do,” he said.

“For us, we have (just) two targets that we need to focus on - Nedbank (Cup) and the Premiership. Maybe we will be in a position to plan,” Komphela reiterated.

Chiefs made six changes to the side that played the Soweto Derby last Saturday, with the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Tsepo Masilela, Bernard Parker and George Maluleka all rested against the National First Division side.

Komphela believes the alterations are an indication of their readiness for the last phase of the campaign.

“The team that we put up here against Stellenbosch and the six changes we made gave an indication of our readiness. You did not feel a lack of rhythm because of the changes, even though there were one or two things we could have done better,” Komphela continued.

Furthermore, with 10 league matches to go, Komphela feels there's still a lot to play for, while he will wait for the Last 16 draw before fancying his team's chances in the Nedbank Cup. 

“I strongly believe with 10 matches remaining in the league there is still a lot of dust that is going to gather. As far as the Nedbank (Cup) is concerned, we’ll wait to see what the draw delivers,” he said

“In the league if there is someone who has won 30 matches and we’ve just won 29 that will not be good enough. Opportunities are there but one has to be careful not to utter statements that are going to make you sound like an arrogant man. It can come back to bite you in the end,” Komphela concluded.