Komphela praises Teenage Hadebe

HARARE - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has praised Zimbabwean defender Teenage Hadebe following his stoppage time winner against Free State Stars on Wednesday night.

With the match headed for a 0-0 result, Hadebe headed home a corner kick in added time to keep Amakhosi’s slim Absa premiership title hopes alive.

The Naturena-based side is now seven points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with only five games to go before the season ends.

“The slippery pitch made the game difficult. Their goalie did well to keep us at bay with several good saves, no wonder that he was selected as the Man-of-the-Match. Bernard Parker’s bicycle kick and Leonardo Castro’s header were notable chances,” Kpmphela told the Kaizer Chiefs website.

“About the goal, it is great to have players that can give you a goal at set-pieces. We continued to knock on the door of the Free State Stars defence and it eventually opened. I saw Teenage praying before the corner was taken. I was not surprised when he scored. We wanted to win the game.”

“We are happy with this win. It wasn’t easy but we got what we wanted, the three points.”

Today, the Soweto giants host Chippa United at the FNB Stadium and Komphela hopes they keep on grinding results.

“We are going back to prepare for Chippa,” said Komphela.

“We are still in the chasing pack. I have said it before — we will remain focussed until the final whistle of the season.”

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