Komphela: Chiefs could’ve won the league

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes that failure to concentrate at key moments in matches last season cost valuable points and the chance to win the league.

Despite finishing 10 points behind eventual champions Bidvest Wits in fourth, Komphela takes the view that his team could have been champions had they not dropped points in certain games.

He told the club’s official website: “We later lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria, despite leading 1-0. After our opening goal, we switched off and froze allowing Sundowns to immediately equalise. We should have managed that stage better and, to make matters worse, (Sibusiso) Khumalo left the field injured just when we conceded.

“Big matches are won or lost on small margins and small details. Later in the match they scored the winner thanks to an own goal. If you reflect on that game, you think, ‘How could we have lost that match?’

“There are numerous examples like that: the one-all home draw against SuperSport United, Cape Town City home draw, Orlando Pirates home draw (missing a penalty), Baroka City two-all away draw, Golden Arrows one-all home draw and the 3-2 defeat to Cape Town City.

“The total number of points we unnecessarily lost in matches is 18. Add that to the number of points we finished with and we could have won the league.”

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