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Steve Komphela: Everyone should learn from Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala at Kaizer Chiefs

10:06 GMT 10/12/2017
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Both Parker and Shabba came from the bench against Dikwena and turned the encounter on its head, with the 33-year-old left-winger scoring the winner

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela showered both Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala with praise for their performances in the team's 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Saturday night.  

The 50-year-old mentor surprisingly left the duo on the bench as he changed things around in an attempt to end Amakhosi's five-match winless streak. 

And while he was not entirely pleased with his team's performance in the first half, Komphela felt the second 45 minutes was much better, especially after the introduction of both Parker and Shabba. 

He feels every player who wants to see themselves succeeding at Chiefs should learn from the two veteran attackers, and how they changed the complexion of the game soon after coming on. 

This because the majority of PSL teams always bring their A-plus game whenever they face Chiefs. 

"We finished the second half very well with great energy. I was asking them in the dressing room, 'is the field heavy or was the grass holding the ball because we couldn't just flow?'," Komphela told SuperSport TV.

"I thought the energy brought on by [Bernard] Parker and Shabba [Siphiwe Tshabalala] was clear. Everyone should learn that when you're at Chiefs. Everyone brings their own A-plus game [whenever they face Chiefs]," Komphela said. 

"Before I was coaching Chiefs and when I was coaching elsewhere - even as a player, when we were facing Chiefs, I was high on concentration levels," recalled the embattled Amakhosi mentor.

"If you face an enemy that is well prepared, you're going to suffer. So, sometimes we tend not to realise that we're at Chiefs, challenges are immense. You need to rise above and deal with it. I think that's what we are missing, but we will get there," added Komphela.