'Komphela can't claim trophy with Downs'


A former Mamelodi Sundowns coach says Steve Komphela joining the club as a 'senior coach' reporting to Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena will not allow him to claim his first trophy.

The former Brazilians head coach, who prefers to remain anonymous, says only a head coach or co-coaches will be credited with a trophy win if the 10-time Premiership winners secure more silverware.

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Despite having coached the likes of Manning Rangers, Platinum Stars, Maritzburg United, Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs, Komphela has never won a trophy in South Africa as a coach.

When asked if he thought Sundowns will make things easier for Komphela to win his first trophy, the former mentor tells KickOff.com: "I don't know because he is one of the coaches there, he is not the head coach.

"It seems like he's an assistant coach, he's one of the coaches you know. You've got the two head coaches there and he's like an assistant coach. He's not a head coach. I mean so how does he break his record? The head coaches are the ones who win the league you know. It's the head coach who's head is always on the block.

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"If I'm reporting to you, I'm going to come to you in the morning and say, 'Boss, what do you want?' And then I'm going to say to you, 'I want you to work on defence, I want you to turn a defence into a quick counter...' The head coach will decide how we're going to play.

"Steve Komphela will not be in a position to say 'I won a championship' or 'I won the league' or 'I broke my cup drought'. He will be part of a system that he played a role in. But at the end of the day the head coaches are the ones whose heads are on the block."

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