It’s hot in the kitchen – Komphela on Soweto Derby and title race

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Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes the team with the best mental strength will win the Absa Premiership title. He was speaking ahead of the Soweto derby this weekend, where his ex-club will be hoping to extend their stronghold at the top of the league table.

Amakhosi currently lead the championship by four points from Mamelodi Sundowns, with the Buccaneers a further two points back.

Victory for either team in front of the 90 000 fans at Soccer City on Saturday will give them a massive advantage in the title race.

Komphela shares his thoughts on the overall picture”

Ernst Middendorp’s Chiefs were nine points clear at the start of the year, but have hit a poor run of form by losing their last two games in the league and Nedbank Cup, respectively.

Pirates, on the other hand, are unbeaten since new coach Josef Zinnbauer was appointed in December.

That has meant that the lead Amakhosi had, has also been whittled right down, and with tough games still to follow for his former side in their last 10 fixtures, Komphela, currently the coach of Lamontville Golden Arrows, believes anything can still happen.

Zinnbauer, who has won seven out of his eight matches thus far, will be taking charge of his first derby. However, Tinkler is not expecting too many fireworks and feels the pressure of the game could lead to a dour affair between two of South Africa’s biggest clubs. Report by Thahir Asmal