Steve Komphela

Mon 9 Apr by Mark Gleeson


Kaizer Chiefs are likely to turn back to the international market as they consider a new coach with the future of Steve Komphela hanging by a thread after the latest setback for the club.Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung has made no secret of his lack of confidence in local coaches – famously upsetting them when he said he preferred to have an outsider in charge of his team – and is said to be considering options from Europe to take over next season when Komphela’s contract comes to an end.The gamble of entrusting his team to a local coach has backfired with Komphela unable to land a trophy in his three-season tenure.
But he still has one chance left in the Nedbank Cup, where Chiefs have a home draw against Free State Stars in the semifinal and will be hosting the match in the friendlier environs of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.Soccer City’s crowd reacted angrily on Saturday when Chiefs were handed a humiliating 3-0 home defeat by lowly Chippa United.Komphela was pelted with objects as he left the field and a small contingent of angry fans waited outside for him after the match too.The loss realistically ended any hope AmaKhosi might have had of winning the league title and now the cup is the only silverware left for the club to claim this season.Chiefs have not won a single trophy since taking the league at the end of the 2014-15 season.Motaung surprised by appointing Komphela to take over from Stuart Baxter after that success.He became the first local coach given the permanent post of head coach since Sergio dos Santos more than two decades earlier.But poor recruitment of players, a massive decline in stadium support and the loss of Chiefs’ all-conquering image has made it difficult for Komphela, carrying an extra burden of responsibility towards up-and-coming local coaches.He does, however, enjoy a strong relationship with the club’s football manager Bobby Motaung, who is responsible for running the team.Bobby Motaung also came in for criticism from supporters after Saturday’s loss and has been the subject of past blame too over his purchases for the team.Chiefs can expect a deluge of applicants from the job plus endless enquiries from agents representing coaching clients.But no announcement is expected before June as the club digest their options.