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Steve explains his ‘crazy’ decisions

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela has defended his substitution decisions in his club’s 2-1 loss to SuperSport United on Wednesday night.

Chiefs suffered an early blow in the match with defender Erick Mathoho sent off in the sixth minute and the coach delayed making a change until his club conceded a goal. He then pulled out Lorenzo Gordinho for Daniel Cardoso.

“In fact the decision we took looked crazy because you suffer a centre-back and you take out a centre-back. Somebody who would be sitting there would say: 'but this guy is crazy, what is he doing?' But in the end it came out to be the right decision,” said Komphela.

“The logic behind it - unfortunately in football you have to think while your head is still hot and there is no way you can be normal when the blood is hot and rushing to the head,” continued the Chiefs coach.

"Now the logic was that - if you compromise any of the offensive layers, let’s say you take out a Pule, Shabba or Parker, you are minimising your strength going forward. The mistake was that centrally we were not as tight but after bringing in Katsande it got quite tight and we had chances, which tells us that the decision we took was right,” added Komphela.

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