Steve Komphela admits Kaizer Chiefs must shift focus to Absa Premiership after Nedbank Cup loss

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Amakhosi were booted out of the Nedbank Cup after losing 5-3 in a penalty shootout against defending champions SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday after 120 minutes finished 1-1.

And while disappointed to be knocked out of the Ke Yona tournament, Komphela admits they have little time to feel sorry for themselves as they look towards league glory, where just one point separates the Glamour Boys from the Premiership summit.

“Nobody will remember you missed a penalty in extra time and missed a penalty in the penalty kicks and you got knocked out through penalties,” said Komphela.

“It’s disappointing, obviously. Now turning all [Chiefs’ focus] to the league championship, the sad part of it, we still need to depend on other people dropping points. The Nedbank Cup was better because you could still win it and go on, you don’t depend on somebody’s results.”

Chiefs have little time for respite as they face Cape Town City in a potentially season-defining encounter on Tuesday evening where Komphela’s men will be looking to topple the current league leaders and replace them at the top of the table.

”Now we have to change focus and unfortunately again hope somebody drops points but we have no margin for error. We just have to keep winning our games and the first one is on Tuesday,” the coach added.

“On the back of this, the biggest challenge is how to lift them [the Chiefs players] up, help them refocus and look forward to the championship.”