Kom­phela needs a ti­tle, and badly

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Sport - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@thewage.co.za

STEVE Kom­phela sounds re­signed to the pos­si­bil­ity of his con­tract with Kaizer Chiefs not be­ing re­newed at the end of the sea­son.

The Chiefs coach is in the fi­nal three months of his three-year con­tract but, fol­low­ing the club’s an­nounce­ment of plan­ning an “over­haul” at the end of cur­rent cam­paign, chances of him stay­ing at the club be­yond this sea­son look ex­tremely slim.

In his three-year stay at the club, Kom­phela is yet to de­liver a ti­tle and has had an on-off re­la­tion­ship with most of the club’s sup­port­ers who now de­mand he va­cate his of­fice.

With the club an­nounc­ing last week, fol­low­ing their 3-0 de­feat to Chippa United at home, that changes are im­mi­nent, it seems Kom­phela is op­er­at­ing on bor­rowed time.

Asked for clar­ity fol­low­ing their 1-0 vic­tory over Plat­inum Stars on Sun­day whether there have been any ne­go­ti­a­tions to re­new his ex­ten­sion, Kom­phela re­mained tight-lipped.

“I don’t deal with such things. One thing with coaches, you try not to deal with such stuff your­self be­cause, in any con­trac­tual mat­ter, there’s much dis­cus­sion,” Kom­phela said.

“A term is a term and it’s clear when they say to you, ‘You’re state pres­i­dent, you serve four years’ and a foot­ball con­tract is just clear.

“As pro­fes­sion­als, you just have to keep do­ing your job in a man­ner and ev­ery sec­ond counts.

“When you’re a man who be­lieves in process, you don’t con­sider your per­sonal stance but you work within a par­tic­u­lar sys­tem that wants to achieve a par­tic­u­lar ob­jec­tive.

“So, I haven’t re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion from who­ever han­dles my stuff and I wouldn’t know.”

With the Ned­bank Cup the only tro­phy Chiefs can win this sea­son, Kom­phela can still leave on a rel­a­tively high note if he can de­liver the ti­tle to Na­turena be­fore va­cat­ing his po­si­tion.

“Any con­tract with terms that are clear talks to that (how a con­tract is ter­mi­nated). There are stages when things hap­pen and they hap­pen some­times in a way that you know or don’t know.

“But you have to han­dle it your­self to un­der­stand the de­tails.”

Chiefs will meet Free State Stars in the semi­fi­nal on Satur­day at Moses Mab­hida sta­dium in Dur­ban with the pres­sure of reach­ing the fi­nal fall­ing di­rectly on a coach under stress to suc­ceed.


ON THE LINE: Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Kom­phela.

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