Steve humble despite draw at Chiefs
Coach spent three seasons at Naturena
You would expect Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela to be excited after his charges came from two goalsdownto draw2-2withhis former club Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday.
But the Phunya Sele Sele mentor felt it would be unpro- fessional of him to celebrate at the expense of Chiefs, a team that he coached for three years without any success.
“To leave here [at FNB Stadium] punchinghigh intheairas if I’ve won the World Cup wouldbean indictment. Ispent three years here, three years of quality work with quality people. We never spit on the table we eat from,’’ said Komphela.
“My kids wentto school and I put bread on the table because of the people who gave me an opportunity to coachChiefs. In fact, forme this[2-2 draw] was a good result asnobody got hurt.”
While Chiefs are desperate for the return of defender Lorenzo Gordinho, on loan at Celtic, Komphela seems impressedwith thisdefenderthus far, lauding his formidable partnership with fellow centreback Alfred Ndengane
“He’s developed a great understanding with Ndengane. They work very well together. They maintain the centre and are hardly drawn out of position,’’ noted Komphela.
In their stalemate against Chiefs, Celtic skipper Patrick Tignyemb played his 300th match for the club. Komphela relishes the role of the Cameroonian-born captain.
“He has done great service for the club. He has great leadership qualities. When the players get overexcited he calms themdown. Theamount of experience he’s got, you cannot buy,’’ said Komphela.