Steve Komphela questions fans' decision to aim ire at Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung after Chippa loss
Posted: 7 April 2018 Time: 21:58
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has leaped to the defence of club football manager Bobby Motaung, who was on the receiving end of some unpleasant chants.
After Chiefs succumbed to their heaviest Absa Premiership defeat since May 2009, a faction of supporters at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening hurled insults at Motaung up in the presidential suite shortly after flinging missiles at Komphela and the players as they departed the pitch.
Things then threatened to turn violent as fans began vandalising the FNB Stadium stands.
Amajimbos came to watch a game of football, and they are surrounded by hooliganism. pic.twitter.com/xjrfLDL50b— Kick Off (@KickOffMagazine) April 7, 2018
Under-fire Komphela has since aimed to dispel the Amakhosi faithful’s frustrations towards the club’s management, insisting it is the personnel on the pitch who ought to take responsibility for their embarrassing result.
“Losing points is not a nice thing. With regards to our supporters chanting at Bobby, it’s just unfortunate,” commented Komphela in the post-match press conference.
“Bobby doesn’t play; Bobby is not a coach, and it is the responsibility of us sports people to own up – that we shall take.
“I don’t know why they did that [remonstrated with Motaung] and I wouldn’t [be able to] tell.”
Komphela had to make two injury-enforced substitutions as Bongolethu Jayiya replaced Ramahlwe Mphahlele midway through the first half and Bernard Parker came on for Teenage Hadebe at half-time.
The former Maritzburg United mentor then rather oddly swapped Jayiya off for Dumisani Zuma in the second half, causing some fans to label the 28-year-old ‘a teabag’ as he was put in and out of the game within a short space of time.
However, Komphela refused to be drawn into explaining his substitution decisions, insisting instead that the former Cape Town City winger remains “a good player”.
“With regards to what people were saying [about Jayiya], I didn’t hear that. I’m not on social media, unfortunately,” he added.
“Jayiya is a good football player, it would be very unfortunate for me to make any remark beyond that he’s a good player.
“When he played at Free State Stars, his contribution was clear. When he played Baroka, his contribution was clear.
“And I’m sure if I were to base my responses on social media, I would be in the completely wrong environment. I’m not a specialist on that.”