Komphela defends Chiefs’ ‘park the bus’ tactic

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has defended his side’s use of a more defensive style of play, in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over high flying Cape Town City in the Mother City.

During the victory, the Glamour Boys were content to sit deep in numbers and defend their box while hitting the Citizens on the break. After the game, some questioned as to whether Komphela ‘parked the bus’ against Benni McCarthy’s men.

Nonetheless, Chiefs’ mentor defended the approach used in the clash. He told reporters, “There (are) two ways in football, whether you give the initiative or you take it. We opted to give the initiative for obvious reasons.

“Because if you take the initiative, you are too expansive, you are creating too big distances for the players and your wing-backs will have to keep bombing forward. The amount of kilometers they clock is going to go higher.

“You need to handle a lot if you are playing to honest a game, we needed to be smart today and I thought your observation, to make a clear reference to what we did tonight, what you are saying is true, but it still paid (off).

“We didn’t only sit there like most of our colleagues would say, ‘park the bus’, we came out nicely and we played, maybe you would have expected Chiefs to be more dictating, be more on the ball and all that, but when you are more on the ball, you look at the results.

“Look at Bidvest, Arrows, the ones who have lesser possessions seem to be more hurting so it is an initiative. You take it or you give it.”

Go to Source