Chiefs’ Komphela Blames Social Media: They Say He’s A Cow
Embattled Kaizer Chiefs head coach, Steve Komphela, says that social media is partly to blame for the club’s poor form in the Absa Premiership at present.
The Amakhosi are now five games without a win in the league following the loss to Chippa United on Wednesday evening, with fans once again calling for Komphela’s head as he draws closer to the last six months of his contract at the club.
Chiefs lost 1-0 to Chippa in Port Elizabeth and have now just scored one goal since the Soweto Derby back in October, leaving them in seventh place with nearly one half of the 2017/18 campaign having passed by.
While Komphela has urged fans to lay the blame at his door and not his players’, he also went as far as saying that fans are directly affecting his teams’ ability to perform on the field of play.
Speaking to the media earlier this week, he said, "Unfortunately we are living in the social media era where everything is in the players’ faces. At the end of the game the player goes out and checks. 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 won’t want to get into a position which is going to expose him because after trying and failing he faces abuse.”
He explained that part of his job is being a psychologist to his players given the circumstances involved in modern day football, he said, “Any coach must have some level of skill of being a 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.”
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