Komphela Bemoans Meyiwa Red, Turns Focus To The League
Steve Komphela says that Wiseman Meyiwa’s red card in the Telkom Knockout semi-final made life very difficult for them, but that he has now turned his eyes on winning the Absa Premiership.
The Amakhosi lost out on the chance of silverware once again over the weekend as the former trialist, James Keene, scored the only goal to give Bidvest Wits a 1-0 win and a spot in the TKO final.
Keene’s goal came almost immediately after Meyiwa was sent off for a stamp on Daine Klate, but Komphela believes that they still could’ve won the game even with 10 men.
He told the club’s official website, “We had our chances to come back into the game. We had close to five opportunities to equalise and probably win it, especially in the second half.
“You could see with the early exchanges that we had all areas covered. To suffer a red card in the first half in such an intense clash changed the game entirely. Besides that, and to make matters worse, we let Wits score with a free header immediately thereafter due to a lapse of concentration."
On the topic of the red card specifically, he said, “Our game plan was affected by this. If you check our substitutions, they were all intended to go for an all-out attack.”
“We came back strong in the second half… Zuma had a one-on-one with Wits’ goalkeeper Darren Keet and he also hit the crossbar in the dying minutes. Páez had a chance as well.
“We knew the game was going to be very tight and robust. Unfortunately, we had to play most of the game with one man down. But still, I thought we contained them well and scared them a few times in the second half.”
Though all is not lost for the season, with still the league title and Nedbank Cup to play for, and Komphela intends to keep pushing. He concluded, “Now that we are out of the cup, we have to focus our attention on the league. We will regroup and make sure we beat AmaZulu on Wednesday.”
Chiefs’ game against AmaZulu will be played at King Zwelithini Stadium at 19h30.