Kaizer Chiefs Coach Say
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has
downplayed the idea that Teenage Hadebe’s
absence in Saturday’ s Soweto Derby
against Orlando Pirates led to his team’ s humiliating defeat.
Hadebe was left out of the squad that lost 3-1 to Pirates because
he failed a late fitness test. He suffered a knock on
his ankle against Cape Town City three weeks ago.
According to KickOff.com , a South African football
website, Komphela argued Hadebe’ s absence was not the reason for the the team’s loss.
“I wouldn’t say [Hadebe’s absence was felt]. If you
look at how the first goal came about, and you want
to factor Hadebe in there, you would say, ‘But it’s
one of those mistakes possible in any match’,”
“The second goal at the beginning of the second half
– I don’t remember if we touched the ball or not –
how would you factor Hadebe in there?
“In eight seconds they hit the back of the net.
It can only be
said by pessimists.”