Komphela appointed Maritzburg coach

Steve Komphela has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Maritzburg United.

Maritzburg United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Komphela as head coach following the sacking of Clinton Larsen on 3 January. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Maritzburg United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Komphela as head coach following the sacking of Clinton Larsen last week.

Komphela, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the team, says he is looking forward to managing in the PSL again following his sacking from the Free State Stars in December.

"I can safely confirm that it's true. Even though there are only 15 matches to go, the excitement of getting into a situation where you come in and try see if you can assist is what drives me."

Komphela says the only target he has set for his team so far is to make sure they stay in the PSL.

He added that should his team survive the drop next season, the team needs to push on and start targeting a top eight finish.

Maritzburg United confirmed on 3 January that Larsen had been fired as head coach.

He was appointed head coach in October last year following the departure of Ernst Middendorp.

The club released a statement on their website saying that they informed Larsen's business manager Mike Makaab on 18 December that his position would be looked at following the PSL fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns on 20 December.

The club says Larsen was sacked due to poor results and the belief that the club would not finish the season in a top eight position.

Larsen was in charge of nine games and managed to secure only one win.

Maritzburg are 14th on the log, having played 15 games and secured 13 points.