Komphela hails Ekstein’s ‘unbelievable’ display

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Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Ekstein
  • Post published:April 1, 2018

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela praised Hendrick Ekstein after producing an ‘unbelievable and intelligent’ performance against Baroka in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday.

The Glamour Boys booked their place in the semi-final of the competition after claiming a narrow 1-0 victory over Baroka, courtesy of a goal by defender Eric Mathoho.

Komphela says he is delighted to have progressed to the next round, but he felt his side could’ve won by a bigger margin if they converted the chances they created.

‘I’m happy with the outcome. But could it have been better? Yes. I think first half, we could have gone into the dressing room 4-0. But these things happen in football, the most important thing is to move to the next stage and get the confidence,’ Komphela told SuperSport TV after the match.

The Amakhosi mentor heaped praise on Ekstein, who produced a Man of the Match performance, stating he had an ‘unbelievable game intelligence’.

‘All that I wish for is that the supporters must just support the players. Chiefs’ supporters are loving and peaceful. We want to see that prevailing forever,’ he added.

‘Pule has unbelievable game intelligence. Maybe being supported by Shabba [Tshabalala], two or three heads are better than one. If you can find someone that can help connect in terms of your thinking line, it looks better. He’s very quick. He’s got feet that I don’t understand how come this boy carries a ball like that. He’s growing in confidence.’