Kaizer Chiefs coach happy with how pre-season is shaping up


The Amakhosi mentor pointed out that it was a finely balanced operation that had to cater for the different levels of fitness and fatigue that certain players were experiencing.

“We have to take it slow with players like Itumeleng Khune, Erick Mathoho and Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who were in action for Bafana Bafana,” Komphela told the club's official website.

He added that Willard Katsande was afforded a few extra days of rest as he had been in action with the Zimbabwean national team.

Chiefs have done plenty of recruiting in the off-season and Komphela is mindful of the fact that the players need time in order to start combining effectively.

“The pre-season camp will give us an opportunity to gel as a team,” he said, revealing that the team would spend almost two weeks in Mpumalanga.

“Everybody is showing the right energy. Work has begun and we are all aware of the mammoth task ahead of us.”

Komphela acknowledged that the Carling Black Label Cup, which takes place July 30, is something he is looking forward to as it gives him a chance to gauge how their preparations have gone.

“I am happy with the mood in the team,” said the 49-year-old coach. “The Carling Cup will give us an opportunity to measure our level of readiness for the new season.”