Steve Komphela admits pressure rise in second Kaizer Chiefs season


Chiefs endured a forgettable 2015/16 PSL campaign in which they finished the season without any silverware despite two cup final appearances.

Komphela's side also disappointingly dropped out of the top four following a 2-0 defeat on the last day of the season, with the Amakhosi faithful continuing to question his ability to meet the demands of the glamour club.

With the Carling Black Label Champion Cup on the horison, the former junior national team mentor admits that the heat he feels ahead of the new campaign has intensified, but is adamant he will not abandon his aim of trying restore the team's glory days.

"The bar keeps rising, not only because of any other immediate circumstances or because of your own personal desire but, because of the game," said Komphela.

"Supporters everyday demand quality; Euro 2016 has given an indication. We are also moving into the PSL season and with it comes new expectation and new anxiety.

"There's always pressure but you just have to get used to it, but also, as you go through pressure don't abandon things that you believe in."

Regarding their preperations for the upcoming season Komphela concedes that the team still requires some fine-tuning, but believes the Soweto Derby comes at an opportune time ahead of their opening league clash next month.

"We are not ready per se, but we are left with three weeks before the real start to the season," he added.

"But up until now we are okay. It's Carling Black Label Cup and we all know the expectation - there's going to be a nice crowd with a nice ambience.

"It's also a great opportunity for the new players to get a feel of what it is to be in a Chiefs shirt, and how best could it be than against Orlando Pirates?

"In the pre-season preperation we took a clip - an extract of the audio from a derby - where we just played sound and said, 'close your eyes,' so that it can give them an indication of the pressure from inside FNB Stadium.

"It was quite emotional, and that's what they will experience on Saturday."

The sold-out encounter is set to kick-off at 15h00.