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Komphela Defends Safranko After Chiefs Miss

Mamelodi Sundowns first-team coach Steve Komphela has come out in defence of new striker Pavol Safranko after his penalty miss against Kaizer Chiefs.

Safranko joined the club from Romanian side Sepsi this window but started his first official game from the bench.

However, the 26-year-old came on in the second half against Amakhosi and was one of the club’s five penalty takers.

Safranko, though, sent his spot kick over the bar and was immediately criticised by some of the club’s fans, which has led to Komphela coming out in defence of his new striker.

“He’s good at it, based on how he was taking them at training,” Komphela responded to one social media user, who criticised Safranko.

“He missed ZERO at training, and they were all very good.”

Komphela insisted that the club’s striker needs to be given time to adjust to his new club.

“Very important to give him the necessary confidence. It’s not easy joining such a hugely successful team and fit at first try,” he added.

“We need to embrace him so that he can operate at normal instinct than heightened senses that result in nervousness.”