Steve Komphela way of mounting pressure ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns clash


Yet to deliver any silverware since taking over as Chiefs coach in June 2015, and aware of the need to deliver a trophy this season, Komphela maintains he is keeping his anxiety levels in check.

Deep into his second year in charge, with the Absa Premiership title and Nedbank Cup the only trophies still up for grabs, there should naturally be uneasiness pumping through his veins as he stands on the touchline as the crowd behind him simmers with anticipation.

“Success is in many ways. Success at Chiefs is trophies but when individuals look at the amount of work they do and how they measure the success it is also different, depending on where you want to see yourself," defends Komphela.

"That we went to two cup finals last season counts for nothing because this is Chiefs and you have to win.”

African champions Mamelodi Sundowns are the visitors at FNB Stadium on Saturday, in a hugely anticipated league meeting that could have hefty consequences for him if he ends as the losing coach.

Depending on what happens elsewhere in other matches involving the title chasing pack of five teams, Chiefs might end up six points behind the log leaders by Monday night, with the remaining number of games approaching single digits.

“That again we are still in it [title race], there is only a difference of three points and everybody else except Chiefs is a favourite to win the championship,” he notes.

“Burdens and blessings are cousins. The fact that you are Chiefs, you cannot be three points behind the log leaders when there are nine matches to play, you are out of contention, but if you are anybody else you could be seven points away from number one but you are still in contention.

"Do you take it? You take it because of who you are. We will always define how they look at us, they look at us as if we have to be on top and we take that. Is that stress? What stress? It’s reality, face it.

“In a match, things happen, supporters maybe are not happy or decisions you take are slightly off, it’s decisions. You live and die by your decisions. There is nothing as bad as remaining indecisive, take a decision, let it be wrong but at least you took a decision,” he says seeking to explain himself.

For all the talk, what counts is what happens between the lines at FNB Stadium on Saturday along with all Amakhosi's other remaining games.

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