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Komphela: Empty stadiums will affect the 'big teams' more

Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela

Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela reckons Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Orlando Pirates will struggle to play behind closed doors.

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The PSL will most likely resume in empty stadiums, following the example of the European leagues, and Komphela believes it will impact the bigger teams more significantly as they are used to big attendance figures.

The PSL, the SA Football Association, and the government are currently discussing how to safely resume the top-flight season.

"It's going to be a big challenge to the teams who carry bigger reputations and are used to playing in front of full capacity or large crowds," Komphela said, as quoted by Times LIVE.

"They might find this very strange‚ it's going to benefit the other teams in the league.

"Playing football behind closed doors is another dynamic because there are advantages and disadvantages and I want to look at it from both sides. It will be very unfair of me to look at it from one side.

"You go to play at Loftus and you come across 40,000 yellow and green supporters and when you are Golden Arrows you have few supporters in the corner even though you have similar colours.

"You will be under pressure because Sundowns is going to enjoy the support because energy is everything in life. Supporters ignite their clubs and on match day they become the 12th player.

"Teams that play without supporters and are used to playing without supporters are not going to be affected that much.

"However‚ for Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs‚ it is going to be a strange phenomenon to them because they will be playing in front of empty stadiums."

He added: "It is going to have a huge impact both emotionally and psychologically to the players and that can affect the technical output.

"Mind you‚ us who are just below those big three or four teams in the league‚ we are going out there saying that we won't be beaten by Sundowns‚ Chiefs or Pirates and the motivation is going to be even extra."

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