Steve Komphela may or may not be on thin ice as coach of Kaizer Chiefs.
But the coach does seem to need his side to win against Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium in tonight’s Premier League fixture‚ if only to relieve the growing pressure on him and his players and quell any possibility of tension within his squad becoming irreparably damaging.
Now‚ more than ever‚ perhaps Komphela also needs to return to the number one coaching mantra: Kiss‚ which in this case serves as the acronym for “Keep It Simple, Steve”.
With Chiefs booted out of the Telkom Knockout‚ leaving one cup opportunity this season left outside of the league for Komphela to win his first silverware‚ not just at Amakhosi but anywhere‚ he appears increasingly to be just trying to keep his head above water.
His complexity in his formations – a 3-5-2 against Stars and Sundowns then backtracking and reverting to a 4-5-1 against SuperSport – appears to have confused his players.
That the coach could not find place for on-form George Lebese within the 3-5-2 against Sundowns‚ then replaced him having a strong game with youngster Emmanuel Letlotlo against SuperSport‚ has confused the fans‚ who became openly hostile as a result of this decision.
There is nothing wrong with a 3-5-2 formation. Just so long as your players understand the roles they must play within it. It seems they might not. Chiefs need to get back to basics‚ and play it simple to find their way again.
That will not be easy against a Cape Town City who under former Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler have played things simple so effectively that they are in second place in the PSL to Chiefs’ fifth.