Gustavo Paez of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates a goal with teammatees during the 2017 Maize Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers on the 15 July 2017 at James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Sunday Jul 16, 2017. 12:49
Speaking to the media after their 1-0 win over Free State Stars in the 2017/18 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup, Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes they are getting there when it comes to fitness.
Two goals from Gustavo Paez handed the South African Premier Soccer League outfit a spot in the final after beating Township Rollers 2-0 in the semi-final.
In the final they managed to beat Free State Stars 1-0 to lift the trophy after making their debut in the pre-season tournament.
George Lebese's second half goal allowed Chiefs to claim the trophy at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney.
“It was a good exercise from a practice point of view. I am happy but there are many players who still need time and to regain fitness,” said Komphela.
“Two 90 minutes played, we are preparing the body for now, we want fitness and you can see there crispiness is not there yet.
“We only just got back from holiday, we need to be more physical, we will need to work on tactics, we need more matches before we reach the 29th.
“We are going to Botswana next week and of course we need matches to get them ready. The new guys did well, nice to see Paez score and looking more positive.”
Komphela will lead his men to face the Botswana Premier League giants in Botswana next weekend as they both want to work on new formations and up their fitness levels.
On July 29, a big one awaits at FNB Stadium where they meet Orlando Pirates in the Carling Champion Cup.