Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela
Monday Dec 05, 2016. 12:30
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela is not willing to throw in the towel, despite growing pressure on his broad shoulders.
The 49-year-old has come under renewed scrutiny from the Amakhosi faithful with a 3-1 defeat to Chippa United in Port Elizabeth at the weekend, extending their winless run to eight games.
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Komphela remains resilient with the former Free State Stars mentor desperate to lead Chiefs back to glory, having yet to make a significant impact at Naturena since taking over the reins at the start of the 2015-16 Premier Soccer League campaign.
"I have never given up in my life," Komphela is quoted as saying by Times Live.
"I have to stay calm and take the punches - that is a job of the coach. Who else must be punched? I must stand and be strong. I will only waver the minute I feel the pressure that should be on me is now getting to my players.
The Glamour Boys had taken the lead at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but completely crumbled under Chilli Boys pressure with poor finishing and lackadaisical defending to blame for a third defeat of the season.
"It was always going to be a tough ask because Chippa play good football," Komphela continued. "We had a good first half and we had a chance to make it 2-0.
"It is no matter how good you play but if you don't defend it can prove costly. It is not a good feeling at the moment but we can't be thinking about losing. We have to deal with the situation moving forward."
Chiefs now occupy seventh place on the log standings, seven points behind log leaders Cape Town City FC.