It ’ ll about calm for Steve

Sunday World - - Hola Mzansi -

FEW coaches are able to work the mi­cro­phone with the same ef­fort­less fi­nesse that oozes out of Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Kom­phela and it was per­haps not sur­pris­ing that he even turned to the US pres­i­den­tial race to make a point this week. He was speak­ing ahead of his club s

’ game against Mar­itzburg United yes­ter­day. If I were in pol­i­tics, I would say you “steal from the state­ments made by [US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date] Hil­lary Clin­ton re­gard­ing the tem­per­a­ment of her coun­ter­part [Don­ald Trump]‚” he said, to the be­muse­ment of the gath­ered gallery. You need to have the tem­per­a­ment “ to deal with this [job] be­cause it is not an easy en­vi­ron­ment. But the minute you un­der­stand the “chal­lenge ly­ing ahead then you can

‚ cope with ease and deal with the pres­sure. The wins should not make you “feel like now you need to fly in as much as you cel­e­brate. And losses as well. You do not have to then be­come an “os­trich and bury your head un­der the sand now you can­not hide.”

‚ Af­ter a slug­gish start to the sea­son that saw im­pa­tient Chiefs fans de­mand­ing the coach s head on a

’ plat­ter Kom­phela s charges have

‚ ’ man­aged to turn things around and Amakhosi are now perched at the premier­ship sum­mit.

But there are still some cyn­ics who are far from con­vinced and be­lieve that Chiefs form is not a true

’ re­flec­tion of the team s qual­ity.

’ Many of these crit­ics are pre­dict­ing that the wheels will even­tu­ally come off and Chiefs will re­turn to their poor early sea­son form. Some­times it s painful but it s a “’ ‚ ’ way of mak­ing you grow as a per­son. Un­der such [cir­cum­stances] you try to say less and only re­quest more time and more strength to do more.”

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