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Komphela: No guarantees

2012-06-14 07:50
Steve Komphela (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Steve Komphela feels the outcome of Bafana Bafana's friendly against Gabon on Friday will not have any bearing on whether he is appointed as coach on a full-time basis.

The Free State Stars tactician was handed the national team reins on an interim basis following the sacking of Pitso Mosimane last month.

However, Komphela is in no way guaranteed the job, with Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt, Neil Tovey and Shakes Mashaba all being considered by the South African Football Association.

Komphela has already led Bafana to two 1-1 draw against Botswana in their 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier, and will again lead the side out at the Mbombela Stadium for their international friendly on Friday evening.

However, he feels SAFA will be looking at more than the just the team's current run of results when considering the candidates for the hotseat.

"I was asked the same question after our draw with Botswana and I am still saying that the outcome of our match against Gabon will not determine whether I can get the job or not," Komphela told The New Age.

"The nation deserves better. We have to bring back the passion and commitment and my players are aware that representing the nation is of paramount importance."

Komphela has already sent captain Steven Pienaar, sKatlego Mphela, Oupa Manyisa and Thanduyise Khuboni home from Bafana's training camp, but the coach says those decisions have nothing to do with SA's recent results.

He added: "We are left with one match, having played two already. Initially we called up a big squad because we had three back-to-back clashes and wanted to have cover in case of injuries.

"We have seen what the five we released can do, now this is a chance to have a look at others."

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