Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela has explained his tactics during his side’s 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates on Sunday.
The Free State claimed a third successive win in the Absa Premiership after seeing off the Buccanneers on home soil.
The former Kaizer Chiefs says he chose to stifle Pirates in the middle areas and left them room only on the wide areas.
“Unfortunately in football you can’t have it all. If you defend a central space the wide space is available,” Komphela said to SuperSport TV.
“It’s about your readiness in defending central when it drops wide can you deal with the cross? The other option is that close the wide spaces and open the centre because football is a game of measurements.
“If you stay compact the outside is open. If you stretch then the inside [is open]. We decided to give them the wide spaces and you know how good they are combining coming central. I thought the players did extremely well,” he said.
Komphela went on to say that scoring the goal early in the first half was crucial.
“But the most important one was that we scored a goal and when Bongani [Sam] scored you could see the kid losing himself. I said at halftime that listen even if I were him I’d do the same [take off the shirt in celebration]. In fact I’d literally walk home. A kid scoring in a big match of this calibre. When he threw the shirt I knew that listen you can’t do anything about it you just need to protect him. I’m happy with the result for them.”
However, Komphela was noncommittal when asked about their next match in the league against his former team Kaizer Chiefs.
“It’s only fair not to be emotional. This one is out of our way take it one game at a time. Then we’ll go into the next match look at what their strengths are, weaknesses and where we can probably work better,” he said.