Swallows coach Steve Komphela refusing to panic after Amakhosi defeat

Swallows coach Steve Komphela insists he will continue to stick with his playing philosophy despite their recent defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.

The Dube Birds suffered a 1-0 defeat to Amakhosi on Sunday with Christian Saile netting the only goal of the match in the 82nd minute.

Swallows conceded the goal while trying to implement their policy of playing out from the back.

It was the club’s first loss in six DStv Premiership games, to leave the team in sixth place on the standings with 18 points from 11 games.

Komphela said in the Sowetan: “You have to stay true to your identity and to the process. You must be courageous. We don’t change even if we are chasing the game because logic says if you start the ball at the back, you move it into the midfield and you can reach the final third in possession and you are still in full control of the ball.

“If as a coach you panic, your players are going to panic, but what you say from the onset is that ‘we are going to play from the back, we are going to be safe and secure, we are going to add numbers, we are going to create angles and everybody must be aware’. People who have never seen us practice this [thing of building up from the back], will think that ‘hey. what are they doing’?”

Komphela added: “How many successful build-ups we had today? I think 98,99% …we didn’t panic. It’s not only us who go through that [conceding after a failed attempt to start from the back], all teams that build from the back.”