Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela has received much criticism after he lost the Soweto Derby at home against struggling Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon.
Kaizer Chiefs also lost in the MTN8 Final against Ajax Cape Town under Komphela, and the critics believe he’s been outsmarted again.
“Clearly, based on the fact that we lost both big ones it makes you think that, listen we have to concentrate more and apart from the result itself, you also look at performance because what should inspire you and give an indication of how you look at is did they perform? Not really. Did they get a result? Not really. And then you start working on that.
“And which matches are those? As you say, it’s both big ones. We will have to go back and start looking at it,” Komphela told the media.
“Mentally, obviously we have suffered and we know it takes a lot more especially because this is a Derby. There is pride involved and we could have given a better performance, but we are saying listen there is always the next time and we will have an opportunity to rectify our mistakes,” he adds.
On the other hand Eric Tinkler released the pressure on himself by getting fans on his side, after beating their bitter rivals in their own ground.
“I think in terms of our tactical strategy today, it really worked fantastically well. I’m very proud of the boys because the way we started, it was with the right energy and we put them under a lot of pressure, we didn’t give them a lot of time and space, which is what they are good at,” Tinkler told the media.
“[Chiefs] are also very good at the counter-attack, but I think our recovery was exceptionally good.”
“Throughout, there’s not a single player that I can point at that didn’t put in a solid performance today,” Tinkler adds.
“For me, this has been expected because I know what they can produce, and they’ve done that today so I’m very, very proud of them.
“It’s fantastic to get a 3-1 win against Chiefs, but the truth of the matter is that we now need to turn our focus towards the next game [against Ajax Cape Town] in three days’ time.”