Steve Komphela downplays Kaizer Chiefs 14-game unbeaten run


Still yet to deliver any trophy to the club's cabinet since taking over at the beginning of last season, Komphela is aware that he is now virtually in a furnace.

Armed with an unbeaten run stretching 14 matches in all competitions as the season meanders toward the critical stretch, which will determine who finishes as league champions and lifts the Nedbank Cup, Komphela is sweetening his reasoning with the usual poetry.

“If you are given a task to build a castle from plastic chairs, you put one on top of the other and they pile up… they go high. They are not going to drop because they go higher, they drop because you become anxious,” he responds in his traditionally charming ways.

Chiefs have won 10 and drawn four in their current run, having last tasted defeat at the beginning of December, which has them within sight of the league and cup double.

“If you focus at the height of the chairs you are going to start shaking,” he continues. “So rather do what you have been doing when you were at chair number 10, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40...

"I’ve just broken the record at 46 [chairs], let me put two more. Relax. Focus on what has happened. What is gone is gone, it counts for nothing. What is important is the next one. We don’t count how many games we have gone [unbeaten].

"There are people who have achieved more than what we think we are going through. It is nothing. My man, at Chiefs, we have not achieved anything. We can even go 30 matches unbeaten, but if there is someone who has won 31 then it is as good as nothing.

"So we have not achieved anything but the fact that we are having a good run [brings] great confidence to them [the players]. Just a secret, and I know [Bernard] Parker might not want me to say this but, it is a fact when we approach matches we hardly mention the run.

"It is mentioned outside, we focus on our game model [and] we want to perfect the way we play. When you focus on perfecting this that you are building, you will not care much about the successes, because those are processing goals towards a major success,” he explains.

Ultimately, he notes, what counts is the manner in which Amakhosi end the season and what they have to show for it.

“You want to have a perfect diamond, you don’t care about the heat. You want to have it crystal clear and you can only reach that at the end of the season. So the heat, as you go through, you are not going to shy away from, and you are not going to celebrate it but just move on because the [league] end is in May; the [Nedbank Cup] end is in June.

"What has happened before then counts for nothing, so forget the plastics. Let us concentrate on putting one after the other and as soon as they say ‘sir, we have run out of chairs, you say 'adios amigos' [goodbye my friend] – done,” concludes Komphela.

For all the charisma in Komphela’s speech, what matters now is the outcome of their cup quarterfinal on Saturday evening, when they host SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium (18h00).

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