Moroka Swallows head coach Steve Komphela is pleased to be going into the international break closer to his targets.
A goalless draw against Polokwane City in Limpopo over the weekend meant the Dube Birds are unbeaten in five DStv Premiership matches, where they racked up 11 points from a possible 15.
Swallows have managed to score five goals in that period, while conceding just once in the 2-1 win over AmaZulu in September. Komphela says he is not complaining, however, knows that they can always do better.
“We can’t complain, 8 out of 12 [points] what more do you want? In fact, by our own measure and our desire we said out of five matches we need 10 points, we have 11, we are happy with what’s going on but we know we could have been better,” he stated after the match.
With injuries to senior players, Komphela had to rely on the services of players from the development side, including Olwethu Khumalo who has scored six goals in the DStv Diski Challenge this season.
Komphela says injuries are not ideal as they break momentum, however the situation is a good opportunity for the youngsters who’ve been elevated into the first team.
“I think at Moroka Swallows the circumstances work well for us. Our squad is quite thin because you could see Mtshali was not available today and then a few injuries to Patjie and Zuma. Then we had about four kids who come from our DDC. A set-back for their seniors is an opportunity for them,” he added.
“So when matches come back-to-back at the back of injuries it becomes a problem because in the DStv Premiership we are fighting for points. So now when you have a bit of a break it allows you time for the players, who are injured, to recover but it also says to you it breaks the momentum.
“But out of two matches that we played a win during the week and a draw today four out of six is a pass mark so we take this four and move.”