Steve Komphela talks Kaizer Chiefs legacy following resignation at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Posted: 23 April 2018 Time: 10:45
Steve Komphela accepts results are king as a coach, but reckons his legacy at Kaizer Chiefs may only be appreciated in time.
Komphela resigned on Saturday after Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals at Moses Mabhida Stadium - following repeated calls for his head from some Amakhosi fans.
The match was marred by violent behaviour from Chiefs supporters, as security guards were assaulted, parts of the venue were torched, broadcast equipment was vandalised, and players and officials were pelted with missiles in Durban.
Komphela, whose three-year contract with Chiefs was expiring in June, failed to win silverware in his time with the club, coming closest when he steered the Soweto giants to the MTN8 and Telkom knockout finals in his first season in charge.
After Glamour Boys football manager Bobby Motaung confirmed Komphela's exit at the post-match press conference, the ex-Maritzburg United mentor reflected on his time at Naturena.
Komphela said: “I think, as Bobby put it earlier on, football is about results. I remember speaking to one of my colleagues some time back and he said you can go play the MTN8, win three matches and have a medal hanging on the wall. By certain standards you have achieved.
“There is a certain amount of work that you do that you cannot point at and justify, which again it is where you are pushing towards. Only the future will tell you the results.
“I think, which I knew very well, the combination of forming a team and getting to a performing stage and excelling stage comes along with lot of risks.
“We cushioned the risk, we kept on going for three years and I wonder how many of my colleagues would’ve stood the pressure that we had to endure, because we knew the process we were on and the plan was there.
“Looking at how things have happened, I mean you’ve got to be very, very realistic and say, ‘no, no, no, in the best interests of the safety of everybody, let’s rather allow the procedure to unfold and move on’.
“So legacy will not be seen now, but in the future it might point at that. And the club will show, as time goes on, the way we were working for the whole project.”
Komphela's Chiefs record:
Played: 85, Won: 34, Drew: 36, Lost: 17.
Played: 6, Won: 3, Lost: 3.
Played: 9, Won: 6, Lost: 3.
Played: 8, Won: 5, Lost: 3.
Played: 4, Won: 2, Drew: 1, Lost: 1.