Steve Komphela has been to many finals in his coaching career but without success as his silverware cabinet remained empty.
However, the philosophical coach has now broken his trophy drought after nearly 20 years of coaching in the Premier League Soccer (PSL) with the DStv Premiership triumph at Mamelodi Sundowns as a senior head coach.
“I cannot explain how excited I am,” said Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi, who has described clinching the 2020/21 Premiership league title as ‘special’ because it handed Komphela his first coaching silverware.
“Because it’s one of the reasons why we felt he should come and join us because we believe he’s got the ability.
“People were beginning to think he is just unlucky, even to us somewhere even indicating that he will bring that bad luck to us. But I’ve always believed those things at times do not work, the amount of work you put in brings you closer to possibilities of winning something.
“When we win the championship, it’s even more exciting to me that it has taken that away from him. I remember even when Coach Pitso made sure that we win the league for Teko [Modise] because everybody was saying Teko has got bad luck,” added Mngqithi.
Komphela, who has contributed a lot to South African football, joined the Tshwane giants at the beginning of the season after the departure of head coach Pitso Mosimane, who joined Al Ahly.
“At times people tend to stigmatize and think you are never meant to achieve something. But the unfortunate part, it’s us, the black nation that always look at it in that way, instead of supporting each other.
“Because if you can check the contribution of Steve in our football, in terms of the players that he produced more especially from Free State Stars and the players that he gave an opportunity at Kaizer Chiefs, it should indicate to all of us the quality of the man, and the quality of a coach that he is, and the improvement.
“Look at Chiefs now and check the seasons when he was there, in as much as he never won anything with Chiefs, but where he put them and what happened after he left, that should indicate to everybody the impact that he had at Chiefs and had he been given the same chance maybe and also got the players that came in after him, probably he would be in a better space to have won something by now.
“So maybe it was God’s wish that he should win it when he’s working with us and we really appreciate that,” concluded the Sundowns coach.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi