It is largely believed that winning either the Nedbank Cup or Premier Soccer League (PSL) is the 50-year-old’s last hope as he looks to keep his job at the Soweto giants. But in spite of the continuous pressure placed on his shoulders, Komphela still enjoys the support of the Glamour Boy’s dressing room in particular, the Chiefs veteran.
Tshabalala is certainly under no illusions of what is at stake and reveals that the team will do everything in their power to win a trophy in order to keep Komphela at the club.
“It’s reality of football that when you are not doing well and things are not working out there is nothing that can be done (except for changes),” Tshabalala said on Phakaaathi.
“But at the moment we love the coach and we are working for him and we want him to stay. We believe he is the right coach and the only way we can keep him here is by winning trophies,” the playmaker explained.
But Tshabalala maintains that the focus is not currently on the coach’s job security but rather on winning an elusive trophy.
“It’s not desperation… but a situation we find ourselves in,” he said.
“We are not thinking about the coach leaving for now, we are focusing on winning the trophies because that’s the only thing missing,” he added.
Nonetheless, if Chiefs are to keep their PSL title aspirations going they will not need to wait long as they lock horns with Cape Town City on Saturday, and Tshabalala is aware of the task at hand.
“It’s going to be a tough game but an exciting and open one too. City want to play and we want to play. They will not come here for a point and we also need every point now because it is the final lap,” Tshabalala concluded.