- Steve Komphela endured a miserable three-year spell with PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs
- He resigned after the infamous stadium invasion at Moses Mabhida Stadium in April
- Komphela has since joined Bloemfontein Celtic and has been unbeaten at his new club
Steve Komphela has made a remarkable return to winning ways with his new side Bloemfontein Celtic. His achievements at Celtic are in stark contrast to the three-years of misery he and Kaizer Chiefs endured during his stint at the Naturena.
Kaizer Chiefs supporters blamed Komphela for the worst run of form the historic side has ever endured. During his three years at the club, he failed to win a major trophy, the longest dry spell in the club’s history.
This lack of silverware and growing discontent from supporters finally boiled over in April when frustrated fans invaded the field of play at Moses Mabhida Stadium once it became clear the team would not qualify for the final of the Nedbank Cup.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Komphela announced he would be resigning from his position with immediate effect right after the now infamous match.
Kaizer Chiefs fans and football experts were ready to consign Komphela’s coaching career to the history books. Komphela surprised almost the entire country when he was announced as the new head coach for Bloemfontein Celtic.
Celtic are a much smaller club than Kaizer Chiefs and at the time when Komphela joined the club was in such financial difficulties that it could not make salary payments to its players. The club also faced uncertainty about its future owners.
Yet Komphela has made a stunning return to the winner’s circle since joining Celtic. He has galvanised the side despite or maybe because of the difficulties and had a dream start to the year.
Komphela’s new side is yet to be beaten this season and boast an impressive record of four wins and one draw. Komphela was personally named as one of the factors for the success of the team, he was voted as the PSL coach of the month for August.
This amazing turnaround in fortunes has raised the eyebrows of many soccer experts and irked Kaizer Chiefs supporters who have started to wonder loudly if Komphela was complicit in some sort of conspiracy or con during his time at Kaizer Chiefs.
While the idea might seem entertaining, the reality is that Steve Komphela is a professional and would never sit idly by for three years taking lessons from one of the biggest and most legendary names in African football with the goal of passing those lessons on to a struggling small team in the fourth year.
The unfortunate truth is that Komphela like many other super talented coaches before him simply could not adapt to the immense pressure and scale of Kaizer Chiefs.
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