The Monday Column: Kaizer Chiefs' Komphela right to be angry after clash with Wits' Schloss
Posted: 18 September 2017 Time: 13:00
KickOff.com editor Tshepang Mailwane feels Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela had a right to be angry following a touchline altercation at FNB Stadium on the weekend.
I watched Steve Komphela’s post-match interview on television on Saturday and he had every right to have a go at the “mlungu” who disrespected him after the Bidvest Wits match at FNB Stadium.
After his Kaizer Chiefs side conceded a late goal against the defending champions, Komphela would no doubt have wanted to reflect on the two points Amakhosi dropped instead of getting into an altercation with someone who should be handling the operations in his team and not charging towards coaches.
That someone I am referring to in this column is Wits’ Chief Operations Officer (COO) Jonathan Schloss. Television replays showed Schloss and Komphela pointing fingers at one another as Vina Maphosa of Chiefs and George Mogotsi of Wits tried to calm things down between the two men after the final whistle.
I obviously did not hear what was being said between Schloss and Komphela, but that incident should never have happened in the first place.
As the COO, Schloss should be in a VIP suite somewhere at the stadium, applauding Wits’ players for coming back to draw 1-1 even though they had to play for a long period with 10 men, following the sending off of defender Nazeer Allie.
The PSL should look into the matter, investigate further and fine Schloss if they have to. The game should end with two coaches shaking hands and that's it.
But the PSL has never really dealt with matters swiftly and while I have hope that they will read this column and take action against Schloss, I would not be surprised if this gets swept under the carpet. Chiefs should certainly take the matter up with the PSL and hopefully they will take the complaint seriously.
This certainly cannot be good for football in our country, when matters are not dealt with swiftly.