Kaizer Chiefs head coach, Steve Komphela, has bemoaned the loss of Erick Mathoho, but says it gives a chance to another defender to step up to the plate.
Mathoho faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle injury during the Olympic Games in Brazil earlier this month; an injury that has ruled him out of the start of the Amakhosi’s 2016/17 campaign.
Now, as they look to bounce back from their opening defeat to Bidvest Wits, Komphela says that he’s looking for his other defenders to plug the gap.
Speaking to the media this week, the Glamour Boys’ head coach said, “It’s sad that we lost Tower – we know his strengths and we know his capabilities – but on the other hand it is an opportunity for Rama to show face, for Gordinho to show face, for Cardoso to show face. It’s an opportunity for Siya Xulu to compete for a position. But nobody wants to lose players who are consistent performers.
“But again I say, the central pairing, do you want disturbances? You want to keep consistency, especially in a group of defenders. Here and there up front you can play around and make changes, but in defence you’re looking for consistency. The setback is that then we have to adapt to a new central pairing, but it is no train smash.”
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