By Isaac Ndou
Steve Komphela has received unusual backing to succeed from Cape Town City midfielder Teko Modise who believes the former Maritzburg United coach’s work at Kaizer Chiefs is nearing its manifestation despite the criticism he has faced at the Amakhosi’s helm.
Komphela has faced stick from Chiefs’ fans around the country for failing to deliver silverware and that pressure has reached its peak as the coach is in his last season at the club. Modise himself has in the past been under the same situation as a player who had not won any silverware until that changed when he moved to Mamelodi Sundowns.
The general, who has since won the Absa Premiership title and the prominent CAF Champions league during his time at Chloorkop believes that Steve Komphela’s work at Naturena has taken shape and that it’s just a matter of time before people start seeing success in Komphela’s work.
“People had written me off to say that I would never win anything and that I was cursed never to win, but in football anything can happen. Look at the transition Steve has made in building the team, the number of young players and also a core that is ageing. People have been critical without understanding the process that is ongoing inside the club,” said Modise.
“He is a smart coach who believes in his vision. At some point people were thinking he is crazy. To be a great coach you need to be crazy sometimes, to take decisions that are unpopular and he has been doing that. Hopefully, in the coming season he will still be coaching the same team to justify what it was that he was busy doing,” he added.
Although the 35-year-old former Orlando Pirates midfielder is confident Komphela will win silverware, he will put that aside and try help his team get past Chiefs in their title chase when the two points levelled teams meet at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night in a decisive league encounter for both. Kick Off is at 20h15.