Steve Komphela has praised Kaizer Chiefs formidable attacking duo of Bernard Parker and Gustavo Paez.

Both players combined well in the Carling Black Label Champion Cup to help Amakhosi beat their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates 1-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The win was overshadowed by the death of two people in a stampede. Another fan was critically injured while 19 sustained injuries including a child.

“We send our deepest condolences to the souls that were lost this afternoon‚” Komphela said.

“We wish speedy recovery to those who were injured on behalf of Kaizer Chiefs – the players and management. May those families be given strength.

“May God almighty be with them and give them more strength to pass this period.”

This incident was the third Soweto Derby where lives were lost.

On Saturday the match continued despite the deaths and the stampede.

“We had been trying the pair. I thought they came through nicely‚” Komphela said.

“One has to also point at Parker’s almost perfect performance. He complemented Paez. It’s always nice to get two players getting to understand how they have to relate and play because Parker would see Paez early enough.

“Slowly‚ they’ve been starting to understand each other. Paez said it in his interviews that the team is starting to understand how he plays as an individual.

Before there were a couple of times where he would break the line‚ we wouldn’t see him early. But the game is the best teacher.

Every loss is no loss but a lesson. So the lessons we learned as we lost‚ was that this guy could benefit us this way. I thought that they did very well.

There’s also Ryan Moon who I think that given a chance to play central‚ he can give us something.”