Kaizer Chiefs legend, Steve Komphela, has finally announced his retirement. This calls the end of an almost three seasons of unfruitful play at Naturena.
Despite his failure to deliver on his promises, he will always be remembered as a committed and dedicated leader.
The former Bafana Bafana skipper added a unique aspect to the Chiefs. His analogies were sometimes misconstrued, but they always served their purpose and even brought a little chuckle at times.
Here are five quotes from Komphela that will make his legacy last forever.
1. Komphela speaks about his beliefs
“In the olden days when Jesus Christ went through his lessons, he was never specific in his references, he would always use symbols, because whenever a symbol is used in a process where something has to be rectified none of us gets consumed. If I were to refer to someone and say, Mfowethu umnyama, I would put it like that because I am, but if I were not, I would put it in a way that has respect in what I am saying.”
2. Chiefs has the best Mageu
He was asked for his opinion on buying players in January transfer window to bolster his squad, he answered the only way he knew hoe, with pride and humour.
“We follow procedures. It’s just easy, more especially for us at Chiefs. We could go to the same shop and buy mageu, but the price will never be the same and at Chiefs you are required to give the best quality of mageu.”
3. Komphela has no chill
A member of the Bidvest Wits technical team charged at Komphela at the end of a game and this made him extremely furious.
“Carol, I was raised well, I respect people and I’m not disrespectful. But I also don’t like to be disrespected by someone. There is a white man here, it’s for the second time, last season he did it and I kept quiet. Again for the second season, I’m standing there, minding my own business looking after team. I don’t like to be disrespected. I have a lot of respect, I don’t need anybody losing their respect, I don’t need any disrespect.”
4. Komphela talks on emotional intelligence
In response to a question asked about celebrating winning, he answered with the following:
“Never emotional intelligence is something that we have to carry because, the difference between chalk and cheese much as they are white is huge. The difference between me going under the roof with heavy insults and not is also very small, so it should not change how you see things. Just have to keep focus, take it still don’t be excited, we haven’t done anything so we just have to take three points and move on”
5. Football from Mars
Left frustrated by the fact that they did not lap up the opportunities given in a 2-2 draw with Free State Stars.
“The minute you start playing long balls it becomes scrappy and that’s football from Mars, and we don’t play football from Mars. We play football on the grass and that’s why it is lush and green here. It was an easy match to win yet another draw…”
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