Steve Komphela: Troubled Coach Defends Dololo Trophies

Johannes - Tophyless current Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has attacked his club's intentions to revamp the team in the forthcoming 2018-19, while defending his failure to bring a trophy to Naturena during his reign. 

With dololo trophies in their cabinet in the last three seasons, Komphela insists Amakhosi have yet to reach a stage of “adjournment” – this as the club promises that “decisive changes will have to be implemented at the end of the season to remedy the situation”.

“The first year, we said in any team formulation there is a forming stage. After that there is a storming phase, where there are dynamics in play, in terms of those coming in or likely to go out.

“Then there is a norm-ing stage and we have gone past that as well. I think Chiefs are at a performing stage now and getting results.

“Winning trophies would be a positive reinforcement to players rather than a redemption. The challenge of working on a process towards success is not an easy one, but success is sweet,” said the coach.
Steve Komphela 

And Komphela is well aware his last hope to leave Naturena retaining an element of pride is to win the Ke Yona Cup, where they face on-form Free State Stars in the semifinal at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

The former Bafana Bafana captain and coach roams the grounds of Naturena with a bad record, having been unable to win a trophy since he replaced Stuart Baxter in 2015. The Nedbank Cup is his last chance to give their fans something to cheer about.

Although Komphela still has one more challenge, to bring what would be his only trophy to Naturena, it seems he knows that the management has already made a decision about his future.

“When you are at Chiefs and the end-of-season audit is made, they consider things, there is a lot of stuff that happens. We submit reports and based on that we take decisions. And clearly, when you are at Chiefs or any other big team and you end a season in a certain position, has it met requirements? If not, then deliberations are made.”

Komphela is confident his side will overcome Stars to reach the final, having put the setback of a shocking 3-0 league defeat to Chippa United behind them by beating relegation-haunted Platinum Stars 1-0 at the weekend.

“It is a difficult one. But the good of it is that we played them in the league, we know their weaknesses and strengths. The most important thing for us is to go through to the final.” - Online Sources

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