Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has warned officials to watch for the pace of striker Edward Manqele following his side’s 0-0 draw against Jomo Cosmos in an Absa Premiership match on Tuesday night.
Manqele found the back of the net in the opening half, but the goal was disallowed because the Amakhosi striker was adjudged to be in an off-side position.
Following the match, Komphela has told officials to keep a close eye on the runs of Manqele and also praised the player for his efforts.
“I didn’t see Manqele’s goal in the first half (which was ruled off-sides), but a warning to all the officials in South Africa, he is one of the best runners off-the-ball and they must keep track of him, the assistant referees as well, be on top of your game because he is unbelievably deceptive and waits to the last second before breaking the line,” said Komphela.
“The boy (Manqele) has a great attitude and says yes to hard work. It is rare when you see a striker chase the ball willingly in defence and he does that.”
Komphela was also full of praise for his goalkeeper on the night, Reyaad Pieterse, who pulled off numerous saves to keep them in the game, but did not go without mentioning the Amakhosi’s other two-shot stoppers.
“One great thing that we are privileged with at Kaizer Chiefs is that we have three top keepers,” added Komphela.
“Itumeleng Khune, the pedigree is there. Brilliant Khuzwayo, unbelievable. Reyaad Pieterse, the reference is this match. Every time each one of them is called upon to do service for this wonderful club, they stand up and do it with great applaud.”
Reflecting on the result, Komphela was visibly unhappy and felt like his side were unlucky on the night.
“For us it is two points dropped yet again, but you cannot fault anybody,” continued the Chiefs coach.
“We tried to play a sustainable and constructive game, and we also tried to get behind them, but they did not make it easy.
“We tried to go through the centre and we tried to go wide as well using our wing-backs, but at the end of the day with the number of chances we had, on any given day when luck is on your side, you get one and go home.
“We regret the fact that we did not get three points and we will not celebrate this one point either.
“The only thing we can wish for is if all those balls that hit uprights and crossbars were a goal.”