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Steve Komphela's coaching skills under the spotlight against Gabon tonight

Posted: 15 June 2012 Time: 12:05

Steve Komphela is aware that his coaching abilities will come under the Safa spotlight tonight when Bafana Bafana take on Gabon in an international friendly in Nelspruit. 

Following South Africa's mediocre show during their 1–1 draw against Botswana in last weekend's 2014 World Cup qualifier, the Bafana interim coach is gunning for a victory that might convince the country's football authorities that he is the right man to take over the hot seat on a full time basis.    Komphela is due to be interviewed by the Safa Technical Committee on June 8 for the post of Bafana head coach.     With Safa having already interviewed the four other short listed candidates for the post – Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt, Neil Tovey and Shakes Mashaba – much of Komphela's impressions are likely to hinge on the results of his second match in charge of the national team.   While Igesund (who has won the PSL title with four clubs) is widely tipped to become Bafana's next substantive coach, Hunt and Mashaba also have proven track records under their belts. 

_quote "If one has to be judged on the result of the match against Gabon, then so be it," says Komphela, in a chat with     "There are certain things in life that you cannot change and I am prepared for any eventuality.    "We have been working hard in preparation for this match and the players are very positive," adds Komphela, a former Bafana captain.     The Free State Stars mentor says tonight's match will showcase the talent of a number of players eager to prove their worth at international level.    "The average age of the players in the team, without (Siyabonga) Nomvete, is 26. Clearly there is a need to freshen up because we need to be thinking about the kind of players we will be fielding in the few years to come," Komphela says.   Unlike Bafana, Gabon come into tonight's match on the backdrop of a better start in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.    Gabon posted a hard fought 1–0 home win over Burkina Faso in their first match, followed by a goalless draw away to Niger.    While almost all of Gabon's players are based in Europe, the team's effectiveness is centred on French-based forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng – a rising star in African football and one of the star players during the 2012 African Cup of Nations. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:38 pm
"If I'm gonna be judged on the Gabon game, so be it"?????

Le one u-Steve seyiyahlanya yile encyclopedia manje! Vele he's gonna be judged on the result and not grammar damn it!

Infact, he's already failed with Botswana, this is just a formality......mina ngeke angshayashaye nges'ngamla njengo Mhlonitjwa, never! mh. mh,
posted: 12:48 pm
Well Mr. Kompela just give it up i think you can far go as an assistent to either Gorden Or Hunt cz i think really this whole thing is between the two guys, tovey has not won anuthing and as for shakes o dont think it will be wise for him to take the position as he always have problems with Safa management, and now we certainly dont need thse misunderstandings between the coach and management we need to move forwerd.
Swona Champ!
posted: 01:01 pm
think the critical game was against Botswana, winning friendly games does not impress me, I just dont know about SAFA and SAn public!
posted: 01:02 pm
Mxm steve hre is startn 11 4 2nyt gme
may mahlangu
shabalala c
nw do u expect ds team 2win? Note:mashaba will be introduce secönd half bcz he ppl 4ffs'
posted: 01:08 pm

@ Sweyts, ha. ha ha ha ha de Galaxy (Mhlonitjwa)o tlo go bolaya nya.. nya. anyway i think @ Sweyts we must keep him to assist whoeva is going to be appointed.
posted: 01:20 pm
"If one has to be judged on the result of the match against Gabon, then so be it," says Komphela... I personally judged him completely on the game against Botswana and he proved to be nothing other than USELESS.. so 2nyt I'll be judging FRANCE vs UKRAINE live @ S3..
Swona Champ!
posted: 01:32 pm
we'll C
"The Special One"
posted: 01:38 pm
well, let us wait and see... Anyway i wish you our National team a goodluck about a game tonight. Up the Bucs!
posted: 02:09 pm
Voetsek Tallman.
posted: 02:10 pm
Ok now guys what is Tallman about vele? Since ever he came here he never posted anything related to the topic. Can someone tell him that this is a soccer website not politics. You are always out ndoda, we heard your point now lets talk soccer not this nonsense of yours! Stick to the point!!!!!!!!
Top Left Corner
posted: 02:34 pm
How many tests does he have to fail
Bin Laden
posted: 03:01 pm
Steve i wish you a bad luck for todays game..Im praying you loose with hearvy score so you can follow your brother Pitso to the bush...

Imk sick and tired of the people who play arround with our emotions

Bafana bafana 0 - 6 Gabon

Im an anti'Bafana till SUFFER rolls their heads and hands their resignation letter...Idiots
Mfana Wa Style
posted: 03:20 pm
Huge test? that's a joke considering that this is just a friendly match, niyahlanya KO!!!!!
posted: 03:26 pm
Well with Tallman, I dont think he is a South African or a Motswana from Botswana. I think he is coming from Nigeria or Cammeroon!! He speaks a totally diferent language, and his reasoning is shit to say the least!!
posted: 03:28 pm
wena Farirayi 2day is 15th of june but u a saying khomphela wl be interviewed on 8 june so u mean nxt year.stop whatever u a smoking he wl be interviewed on 18 nx.
posted: 06:34 pm
I jus cnt wait 2 watch BB match, its appealin considering d fact dat there is no useless overated Steven Pienaar tanx Komphela 4 defying ol odds.
posted: 06:53 pm
posted: 06:57 pm
I understand what Shoes is saying on one of our sister soccer mags about supporting the National coach. But one like Pitso who can be so proud to tell the Nation that there is only one striker in the country no no no. U mean he see somthing that the whole Nation cant see aag shame u fired yourself boetie.
posted: 08:19 pm
If he go all the way to get the job because of winning a friendly match I will never support BB.

That will be mediocrity at its best. How can we glorify and celebrate winning a friendly and reward the stand-in coach for merely winning the friendly?

If he fails to win the all important clash against Botswana how can he win against the Burkina Fasos of this world? At least I am not talking about Egypt let alone Germany.

Where are we heading as a nation?
posted: 09:49 pm
ae shabba celebrating like u have just scored against bucs! Oh just kidding, guyz! Oh what a well taken free kick, thumps up!
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