Sat : 25 Feb : 20:15
Home Team Versus Away Team
Athlone Stadium
 
 
HOME CLUB KC RETAIL FIRST TEAM SUPPORTERS CLUB KCTV GALLERY
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 
COACH'S COLUMN
   
Coach`s Corner
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Zdravo! (Hello)

I have decided to keep in touch with all the Amakhosi faithful through a weekly column that will come out every Tuesday. The column will keep you as a fan up to date with the developments in the team, the camp and the player’s progress. I will also be giving analysis on international football, different leagues around the world and on what I think of Bafana Bafana ahead of the World Cup.

I must say that I have enjoyed each and every minute of the time I have spent here since my arrival back mid June. I have been to three cities, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein - this is such a beautiful country but I have to be quick to say that I am not a tourist. People have been talking about winter but you still enjoy a little bit of sunshine - it is not like this in Belgrade where it gets really cold in winter.

10-Day Camp in Pretoria

Our preseason programme started with the trip for a 10-day camp in Pretoria. The camp gave me an opportunity to work with the players for the first time and also an opportunity to understand their mentality. It was a very successful camp and thanks to everyone for making it possible for us.

Premier’s Cup in Port Elizabeth

This was the first real test for the players following an intensive 10-day camp in Pretoria and I think the guys did very well in both games against Bay United and Supersport United. We were forced to use only 17 players during the tournament as most of the players were carrying injuries. Jose Torrealba, Gerald Sibeko, Valery Nahayo, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Dominic Isaacs, Jimmy Tau, Wayne Matle and Zhiamo Jambo all sat out during the tournament.

Players like Nkosinathi Nhleko, Knowledge Musona, Thomas Sweswe, Tshifiwa Mmbooi including youngsters like Thela Ngobeni and George Lebese who scored one of the goals in the final showed what they can offer for the team going forward. We won the tournament but for me it was all about the preparation for the next season.

Persian Tour

I think tactically my players played better in the game against Iran as compared to the Premier’s Cup. I was pleased with this because this is how I want my players to play and it showed that we are on the right track. We created lot of chances like in the games in Port Elizabeth but we could not put them away and I think this was due to the fact that the guys have been working very hard at training, as it is still preseason. Even though we did not score - I was pleased with the result.

Thela Ngobeni and Mandla Masango

This week we will have to do without the services of Thela Ngobeni and Mandla Masango who are both in the national U-20 camp in preparation for the U-20 World Cup in Egypt later this year. It is good to see most of the players here doing duty for the national team. Playing for your country is a pinnacle in every player’s career and we will not stand in the way of every player that has to represent his country.

I was happy to welcome back Siphiwe Tshabalala and Itumeleng Khune back to training after a two-week break. Itumeleng immediately joined his teammates at training while Siphiwe Tshabalala is carrying an injury and will probably miss the games next week against Manchester City and Orlando Pirates.

Vodacom Challenge

The games next week against Manchester City and Orlando Pirates will further help us to intensify our preparations for the upcoming season. The results to me are not very important, as the major thing is preparation. Like I said, I do not have friendly games in my vocabulary, we play each and every game to win.

I am looking forward to see all our supporters in their passionate regalia and vuvuzela’s in Durban next Tuesday, 21 July 2009.

Dovidenja!

  PAST CORNERS  
1. July 6, 2015 “Steve Komphela needs no introduction,” Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung sa
2. February 25, 2011 There is nothing new to say about this upcoming game, The Soweto Derby. I am hon
3. February 1, 2011 We did not play at our usual level against Maritzburg United still I was satisfi
4. January 27, 2011 We would have preferred to play the game on Sunday as scheduled but then Mother
5. January 19, 2011 Firstly let me congratulate Ajax Cape Town for their victory and our boys for fi
6. January 13, 2011 I would like to take this opportunity and congratulate my players for doing the
7. January 5, 2011 The team was back at work on Monday, 27th December after taking a weekend off. I
8. December 15, 2010 We knew going down to Botshabelo that the game against Free State Stars was not
9. December 8, 2010 It was pleasing for me and the team to lift the Telkom Knockout for the second t
10. December 1, 2010 We went to FNB Stadium with one objective in mind, to win the game against Vasco
11. November 17, 2010 We expected a difficult game against Santos on Wednesday. It was a game where we
12. November 3, 2010 I would like to take this opportunity once more to congratulate my players for a
13. November 1, 2010 After having a chat with my colleagues at the Media and Branding Departments, I
14. November 3, 2009 I want to take this opportunity first and with Orlando Pirates midfielder, Benso
15. October 7, 2009 The game against Jomo Cosmos was always going to be crucial following a last min
16. September 23, 2009 On Tuesday last week we traveled to Rustenburg for our game against Platinum Sta
17. September 8, 2009 We registered our first win in the league this season against a tricky, AmaZulu
18. August 25, 2009 We travelled to Cape Town last week for the MTN 8 first leg semi final against A
19. August 13, 2009 Our week started with a tricky encounter against Bidvest Wits University at Rand
20. July 29, 2009 I have an opportunity to chat to you once again following all the travelling we
21. July 21, 2009 I have decided to keep in touch with all the Amakhosi faithful through a weekly
KAIZER CHIEFS SPONSORS AND PARTNERS