Kaizer Chiefs’ Steve Komphela is one bit nearer to winning his first significant trophy as a head coach following the Glamor Boys’ movement in the Nedbank Cup.
Chiefs managed a 2-1 victory over Stellenbosch on Saturday night thanks to goals from Erick Mathoho and Leonardo Castro, securing their spot in the last eight of the tournament – the round where they were knocked out last year. They haven’t gotten past the quarter-finals since Komphela’s arrival.
The 50-year-old was very happy to progress despite the late scare from Steve Barker’s side, and he does still now have a chance of securing a trophy for the first time since his arrival at Naturena.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Komphela said, “We are delighted to progress to the next round… It wasn’t a walk in the park, Stellenbosch came out and really made a fight of it. However, before their goal, we had a couple of chances to bury the match, including Teenage Hadebe’s header. That was a clear cut chance, but we failed to finish from close range.
“There were a lot of positives to build on, even Castro’s goal came from Parker’s touch. We will take this win to the next match, because after a win one goes to the next match with less pressure.”
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Thursday night, and Komphela doesn’t seem to be concerned about who could be their next opponent.
“For now we will enjoy this win while staying grounded,” he concluded.
Komphela’s current contract with Chiefs will expire at the end of the current season, and winning the Nedbank could be the difference between him getting a new deal and leaving the club without a single trophy to his name.