Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has demanded more from his players following their 1-1 draw against the University of Pretoria on Wednesday night.
Chiefs dropped their first points of the season at home after Bernard Parker’s opening goal was cancelled out by Tebogo Monyai in the second half at FNB stadium.
Speaking after the game, Komphela admitted his team lacked rhythm and has demanded more quality from his players, especially in defence.
“We lacked rhythm, even in the first half and the culmination of their (Tuks) goal was the lack of pressure around the box, something we have been working on because almost all the goals we have conceded previously was a lack of pressure on the ball around the box,” said the Chiefs coach.
“It is something we are trying to emphasize and work on.
“I don’t know if the more emphasis you put on it the more stress levels you raise, but it is a fact, we need to put pressure on the ball around the box.
“In terms of play itself, we still lack the rhythm we had before, even in the previous match (against Ajax in the MTN8 final).
“I don’t know if whether it is mental or what.
“Whether you like it or not, you get your own confidence, nobody gives you confidence.
“There is only once where we had a good combination where (Siphiwe) Tshabalala was released in the 66th minute, but you can’t wait that long and these people (the Chiefs fans) love good football – I don’t think we are living up to the standard, but we will get it right.
“In the dressing room at half time we said we need to step up our game because we did not have the energy that was required for whatever reason and if you have to win matches of football you have to be more explosive.
“We were too okay with how things were going.
“We need to start to impose ourselves and don’t just play when the opponent is low key, then you go to that gear. We need to try and take our game to the next level so that you forever remain vibrant – it is something that we need to do.
“It is something we said in the dressing room, ‘take your game up and it will create chances and you will score more goals’.
“If your opponent is lackadaisical and you go to the same level you will never get a result.
“I said to the team in the dressing room, ‘the fact that we demand from you is because we know that you have the quality and you have shown it before – now can you show these people (the fans) this is what you have and do it more consistently’.
“You never demand from those that don’t have, you can only ask, but for those that have you must demand.
“We are demanding from them (the Chiefs players) to show their quality, show their class and play good football.
“It is two points lost.”