- Kaizer Chiefs star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has spoken frankly about why the team struggled to perform under the leadership of Steve Komphela
- Khune says almost all of the players struggled to adjust to Komphela’s playing style and could not grasp what he wanted from players
- The goalkeeper welcomed the appointment of Giovanni Solinas and said he hoped the new coach would help the players achieve their goal of winning trophies
Kaizer Chiefs star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has spoken frankly about why he thinks the legendary club struggled to perform and endured such a torrid time under former coach Steve Komphela.
The glamour club endured three trophyless years before Komphela’s dramatic resignation in April after the club crashed out of the Nedbank Cup in the now infamous Durban math during which time frustrated fans invaded the pitch and did millions of rand worth of damage to the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Khune has revealed that almost all of the players at Kaizer Chiefs struggled to adjust to Komphela’s style and the way he wanted the team to play. He added that it was sometimes difficult to grasp what Komphela wanted from the players.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Khune said the players were growing increasingly frustrated under Komphela because they did not want to go down in the annals of history as the squad who could not win a trophy.
Khune said each player at the club wanted to win trophy’s and was motivated by that goal. He said it was worse for those who had experienced the incredible highs while Stuart Baxter was at the club.
Komphela had moments of brilliance at the club, but those never lasted and were always followed by moments of utter despair and haplessness.
During Baxter’s time, the club was the undisputed powerhouse of South African football.
Kickoff.co.za reported that during Komphela’s time at Kaizer Chiefs he often times drew the ire of supporters and pundits who criticised his playing style and could not understand which direction he was trying to take the club in.
Despite these criticisms, Komphela was readily and easily defended by the club’s players and management side.
Khune said he welcomed the appointment of Giovanni Solinas as the new head coach and was hopeful that he could lead the side back to winning trophies which he said would restore pride at the Naturena.
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