Pressure ! Pressure is the buzzword for Kaizer Chiefs, especially after losing two back to back matches, in the league against Bidvest Wits and and new kids on the block, Cape Town City FC in the Quaterfinal of the MTN 8.
Steve Komphela is still trying to find his rhythm and work out whether to use the new off season signings or stick with old( imfaduku endala) ” old dish cloth”.
The two matches exposed Amakhosi that they signed players but didn’t buy quality players,The certain kind of quality that is required when you are a Khosi player
Tactically , when comparing the two games, Komphela made three changes , in the second game dropping to the bench, the two Georges’s( Maluleke and Lebese) as well at Ekstein, replacing Them with Baloyi/ Macha/ Chirambandare triumvirate. But kept the same struggling back four . In midfield, Baloyi/Katsande were screening in front of the defence . Parker occupied his usual false 9, Chirambandare and Twala were on the wings with Macha as the point of reference .
In the The first match against Wits, Chiefs applied a new game model with Moleko and Masilela drifting inside from time to time, in an effort to add numbers in attack .
The same tactical strategy was applied in the second game with a new profile, playing diagonal balls trying to turn the Cape Town City FC defenders and also to see ukuthi( if ) how quick is their group shifting in unison. While defending, Khosi, looked uncomfortable and disorganised . The goal they conceded is the evidence of how disorganised they were while attempting to deal with a classic counter-attack.
So their strength became their weakness , in midfield Katsande and Baloyi gave away possession cheaply, and looked like they were lacking in confidence especially Baloyi. On a positive note Chirambandare looked promising and looks like he can fill the left hand side of attack to give the team balance. But kufanele asebenze kakhulu( he needs to work very hard ). Twala on the other didn’t offer much, he was frustrated and kept on drifting inside looking for pockets of space to exploit , ” Kodwa dololo” ( nothing worked out).
Upfront, Parker looked lethargic could not advance or consolidate Chiefs build-up play from midfield . Macha, ” asazi, kuzofiwa”( we don’t know, there’s trouble ) he must score or the pressure will continue building up.
No improvement, instead in Komphela there’s no trust anymore by Amakhosi amahle!!!