Steve hum­ble de­spite draw at Chiefs

Coach spent three sea­sons at Na­turena

Sunday World - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

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.

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