Steve Komphela on Rulani Mokwena


Golden Arrows head coach Steve Komphela has backed Rulani Mokwena who was the Orlando Pirates interim head coach to bounce back after he was recently demoted back to being an assistant coach following a run of poor results.

The Buccaneers appointed Josef Zinnbauer as the club’s new head coach on a three-year contract last week.

“I still believe you don’t just become bad because of results, (Mauricio) Pochettino does not become a bad coach because he left Tottenham.

“Jose Mourinho had never been a bad coach just because he had been out of the job for a while. Listen come to South Africa the best coaches Gordon Igesund, Clive Barker – all of them have been out so it’s the nature of the game,” said the former Free State Stars mentor.

Komphela feels Mokwena, who was his assistant at Platinum Stars, was not given enough time to turn things around and believes he has a bright future ahead of him despite his recent setback.

“He’s such an intelligent man that you would want to see more in the game.

“If you watched his Orlando Pirates team play you could see what was happening and you would take interest in terms of oh goodness me they are doing this consistently and it’s something very creative.

“I find him to be more of a very hard working coach, very creative and very intelligent, there’s nothing as more dangerous as an intelligent man who works hard and is very creative,” Komphela adds.

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