Komphela: How Ncikazi makes me better

Premiership

Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela has taken his hat off to his colleague Mandla Ncikazi for their teamwork in improving Abafana Bes'thende.

Both coaches have a solid relationship on and off the field as they also worked together at Maritzburg United, and have now led Arrows to fourth place in the Absa Premiership after 11 matches.

Komphela sings the praises of his colleague and friend, whom he believes is equally important to himself.

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"One thing we shouldn't forget, Coach Mandla Ncikazi has got the same level of qualification, he's highly qualified, he's got a background of director general, has leadership and a great work ethic," Komphela said.

"So if I were to come and think Mandla is anything second to that, I would be lying to myself, because we were in the same coaching course with the likes of coach Pitso Mosimane.

"Every top coach in South Africa, we were in the same class. Now I would be very naive, maybe very close to stupid, if I were to neglect that party, that he has great respect.

"Even here Mandla can conduct a session without me because he's got the DNA and the profile of what we are going through."

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Komphela says working alongside Ncikazi helps him to become a better person because for anyone to improve in life, one needs to be associated with someone that inspires him.

"You want to work with someone who is better than you so you can get better. You never get better by working with someone who has less than the qualities you have," Komphela explained.

"Working together we are friends of football, not just friends outside football. We became friends because I like what he does, he likes what I do, and then we became friends but there's a lot of wars that you don't see.

"It's a good environment to work with an honest person, it gives you room to be yourself, who sees you as a coach rather than a ball-boy or an assistant, where you are allowed to have an opinion regarding the team in any department."

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The club's boss Mato Madlala recently praised the duo for their great work at the club, saying they give her "peaceful sleep".

"It's an extremely humbling compliment that must be received with the utmost humanity and must be taken as a challenge to do even batter," he concluded.

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