Kaizer Chiefs coach says they gave the Absa Premiership title away

Kaizer Chiefs coach says they gave the Absa Premiership title away
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday May 29, 2017. 16:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he hopes his charges have learned their lessons from the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League campaign.

Amakhosi failed to lift a trophy for the second season under the former Bafana Bafana skipper as they claimed a fourth place finish.

Although they beat Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits 1-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday, Chiefs failed to qualify for the CAF club continental tournaments.

Speaking after their final match of the season, Komphela congratulated the Clever Boys as they lifted their first league trophy under coach Gavin Hunt.

“The day is theirs Wits, let them take the glory, and not cloud it by small things that you can ignore,” said Komphela.

“But congratulations to them and we will move on and look ahead to next season.

“Any explanation in football comes across as an excuse, so I will do what Steve does: keep quiet, move on do business.

“But… I think we gave it the title away. With eight matches we gave away 18 points in a manner which is not supposed to be. Eighteen plus points where we’re sitting now would have won Chiefs the trophy

“We cannot afford to give away points. There’s matches where [we] gave it away last kick, matches where we gave away lapses of concentration, missing penalties… a whole lot of mistakes.

“But as a coach, you cannot highlight those as they come across as excuses. You own up, you put up and you put it on your chest and move on.

“I hope we’ve learned lessons this season.”

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