Kaizer Chiefs unveil Steve Komphela as new coach
Komphela was unveiled as the head coach of Amakhosi at the team's Naturena headquarters.
JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs have unveiled Steve Komphela as their new head coach after he penned a three year deal to lead the Naturena outfit.
This is the first time in the club's history have Chiefs appointed a former player as a permanent head coach.
This is also the first time since 1996 the team have appointed a South African coach on a full time basis.
The last South African coach to lead Amakhosi was Trott Moloto, who left the club in 1996.
The news surrounding Komphela's appointment came to the surface following Stuart Baxter's resignation from the club last month.
- EWN Sport (@EWNsport) June 17, 2015 During his unveiling at a press conference in Naturena, At Komphela said, "As a local boy coming into arguably the best team in Africa, this is a unique opportunity, I'm excited."
He added, "I'm excited, it's exciting. I want to choose my words wisely so that I don't come across as overwhelmed. I'm Looking forward to working in this team, smelling the grass and donning that black and gold training kit."
The club's Football Manager Bobby Motaung said Komphela was chosen out of 25 to 30 applicants after he met all the criteria.
"Steve applied for the job, we went through the normal processes. He topped all the criteria in terms of how we came up with the decision."
Bobby added, "We will be beefing up the squad and we will sit down with Steve."
Club founder and boss Kaizer Motaung had nothing but praise for Komphela.
"I don't know how many coaches in South Africa have the kind of skill he has. I am fully confident, that with the experience he's gathered over the years, he deserves this platform."
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION:
Black coach at big SA club. wish Komphela all the success. maybe we can stop run and kick story....
Black coach at big SA club. wish Komphela all the success. maybe we can stop run and kick story....— andile (@Mngxitama) June 17, 2015
I'd actually put money on the fact that Baxter endorsed Komphela as his replacement. They have similar mindsets/football brains. Good fit.
I'd actually put money on the fact that Baxter endorsed Komphela as his replacement. They have similar mindsets/football brains. Good fit.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 17, 2015
"To whom much is given, much is expected" - Steve Komphela #KCPressCon
"To whom much is given, much is expected" - Steve Komphela #KCPressCon— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) June 17, 2015
Komphela has big shoes to fill, but he's been around the block. He knows what to do at Chiefs. pic.twitter.com/PhfdqBpb8b
Komphela has big shoes to fill, but he's been around the block. He knows what to do at Chiefs. pic.twitter.com/PhfdqBpb8b— Tiyani wa ka Mabasa (@TTM16) June 15, 2015
Steve Komphela the first South African born coach at the helm of @Kaizer_Chiefs in 21 years. Big job. Big opportunity. Congratulations.
- Thato Bosoga (@ThatoB_) June 17, 2015