Head coach Steve Komphela resigned with immediate effect last night after Amakhosi were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by Free State Stars, who registered a 2-0 victory at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The defeat guarantees Chiefs will finish a third consecutive season without a trophy in the cabinet and Komphela will be remembered as the coach who was unable to bring any success to the club.
Moses Mabhida Stadium turned into a war zone with fans lighting fires, ripping out chairs, throwing missiles while also invading the pitch. Players from both sides, as well as their technical teams, had to run for cover. A security guard was left unconscious on the floor on the pitch after fans ganged up on him.
Amakhosi, who were charged by the PSL because unruly fans threw missiles onto the pitch after their 3-0 defeat to Chippa United at FNB Stadium a fortnight ago, will face the music from the league again soon.
Heading into the game against Stars, Komphela was a dead man walking. He knew that he had to win or face the wrath of Amakhosi’s supporters, who ran out of patience a long time ago. Chiefs found themselves 2-0 down at half-time and were unable to bounce back.
Motaung says Komphela’s decision to resign was made before the game.
"We had to make a call and the coach had to make a call, but we are not enemies," Motaung said at the press conference last night.
"He's not aggrieved. It's only the situation that prompted us to make this call immediately.
"We held sessions with the technical staff with myself and the chairman [Kaizer Motaung]. We've had discussions.
"The reality is the coach was not safe, players were not safe, I'm not safe... But I'm safe."
Asked who will sit on the bench against Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday, Motaung said: “I’ll sit.”