Steve gives Mato 'peaceful sleep'

Telkom Knockout

Football is one of those sporting codes where coaches hardly get any credit, but Steve Komphela has earned the respect of his club boss at Golden Arrows.

With coaches being fired left and right in the Absa Premiership, others might be in their last month of their jobs due to the pressure and demand for results.

Komphela has managed to keep Golden Arrows in the top seven so far this season and stabilised Abafana Bes'thende, helped them reach two semifinals in the space of seven months.

This has garnered a glowing review from Arrows chairperson Mato Madlala, who has nothing but respect and great things to say about Komphela.

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"What I like about Steve Komphela, I've never worked with a coach that works like him. He's a hard worker, his job doesn't start and end at training, he can call around 23h00 at night talking about football, talking about his visions for the club," Madlala said.

"So if you have a coach like him with Mandla Ncikazi, you can have a peaceful sleep because you know if there's any challenge, it's not about the lack of trying but because it was out of their powers. They are people who want to achieve something together, they pride themselves with a hunger for success.

"So when you have such leaders with a positive attitude, as a club owner you relax because you know your team is in good hands."

Arrows are currently in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout but Madlala is not getting her hopes up too high after what happened in the Nedbank Cup last season, and as far as her dream to win the league goes, she won't be putting too much pressure on the team.

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"I don't get to too excited for the tournament. I was so disappointed in the Nedbank Cup and we lost to TS Galaxy so I don't really look at that now," she added.

"I will see when it happens, but in everything we do we have dreams. If you don't have a dream you might as well die so I do still wish to see Arrows achieving something.

"I would be lying if I say I don't want the league but you have to be realistic, like right now I wouldn't be able to win it, for some reasons. I'm human, I have dreams."

Arrows next face SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership match where they will be looking for a double after eliminating Matsatsantsa in the TKO last Saturday.