Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela expects Carling Black Label Champion Cup test from Orlando Pirates


The Glamour Boys will contest the annual pre-season showpiece with Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates on July 30 at FNB Stadium.

Chiefs have just completed a 10-day training camp in Mpumalanga, with Komphela eager to see the side's progress in a pressured environment.

“We played small practice matches from which one cannot read much,” Komphela told the club's website.

“The Carling Cup will be a test case. That’s where you get the rude awakening. The status of that match is high on all fronts. It is the season’s curtain raiser and therefore a much anticipated affair. We will be able to say we are at least 50-60 percent ready to start the season, because we will have feedback from the intensity of the match.”

The former Free State Stars boss has been focusing on set-pieces given their struggles from dead-ball situations last term.

“In terms of our tactical preparations, we have been working hard on set-pieces. We are working hard to resolve that situation.”

Komphela is mindful his charges are expected to showcase an attractive brand of football.

“We are also expected to play an attractive type of football. We have to bring back the excitement in our play. Everybody expects Chiefs to play exciting football, as we have a football curriculum to follow.”