Steve Komphela is one of the most recognisable names in South African football and the popular coach turns 53 today.
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Lamontville Golden Arrows FC posted a picture of the coach on social media and wished him a happy birthday.
Briefly.co.za has taken to opportunity to pay tribute to the football legend by sharing some amazing facts about him.
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1 Early life
Steve was born in Golden Valley farm which lies 20 hm from Kroonstad to Jack Koyi Koyo and Nomalanga Komphela. He graduated with a teacher's diploma at Tshiya College in Free State, according to Wikipedia.
2 Club career
Komphela started his club career at NSL Second Division side Klerksdorp City and later moved on to the Qwa Qwa Stars. It was there that his talent was recognised and he was promoted to the National Soccer League (NSL).
9 February, 1986 saw his first appearance in the NSL. He later signed on to the Kaizer Chiefs where he earned 34 caps and eventually signed an overseas contract in 1993 and moved to Gaziantepspor, a Turkish club. He retired from club football in 1997.
3 Off the pitch
Komphela has worn more hats that just as a professional footballer. He is a life orientation teacher and a TV presenter. He once hosted his own talk show on TV called Canakkale Dardanelspor AS.
4 International Football
He was a founding member of the new national team, Bafana Bafana. His maiden match for the team saw South Africa beat Cameroon 1-0. Amazingly he played every minute of his first 22 international appearances. He captained the national team for 18 games, his last appearance as captain saw South Africa draw against Zambia in 1995.
Sadly, he was not selected for the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.
5 Coaching career
In 2002 he began his coaching career for Manning Rangers FC. Between 2002 and 2015 he coached a number of clubs.
In 2015 he joined the Kaizer Chiefs FC on a three-year contract, unfortunately his contract ended early after Kaizer Chiefs fans violently protested against him as coach.
2018 saw him join Bloemfontein Celtic which was struggling financially at the time. The team performed amazingly well at the start of the 2018-19 Premier Soccer League, winning their first 6 matches in a row.
He proved his coaching ability when his team came up against the Kaizer Chiefs and after trailing 0-2 the Bloemfontein Celtic created a major upset with the drew against the Chiefs.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela is renowned for being a good tactician, but also for his analysis of the beautiful game.
The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor is a student of the game and has become known for some of his detailed and deep post-match interviews.
True to form, Komphela shared a video via Twitter and it included a powerful message - not applicable to only sport, but to life in general.
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