Komphela joins Bafana

2012-03-27 09:38

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana skipper Steve Komphela is back with the senior men's national team as assistant coach to beleaguered Pitso Mosimane, according to a Sowetan report..

Komphela has agreed to a package offered to him by the South African Football Association for the job.

A source close to the developments between the two parties said Komphela had a meeting with SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen at the weekend and agreed to join the Bafana technical staff.

"Following the meeting with Robin, Steve went to the owners of Free State Stars to inform them that he has reached an agreement with the federation," said the source who preferred not to be identified.

"Steve is over the moon with the Bafana Bafana coaching job. He told Stars' bosses that he is going back to Bafana Bafana to beef up the technical staff.

"It's a lot of money (they have offered to him) chief. Expect SAFA to parade him on Thursday," added the source.

But the source refused to mention figures. Komphela will be the second assistant coach after Brazilian Jairo Leal.

The agreement between SAFA and Komphela is that the latter will be employed on a part-time basis, a position once held by Khabo Zondo, who is now head coach of Transnet Football School of Excellence.

Komphela is still negotiating with Ea Lla Koto to give him the go-ahead to assist Bafana in their quest to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Stars are expected to allow him to join Bafana on a part-time basis until the end of the season as a temporary arrangement.

Approached for comment, Komphela said: "I have a contract with Stars to coach the club and I don't know what you are talking about. We are working hard with my players to end the season on a high note."

The philosophical trainer added that his aim was to guide his unfancied Stars side to the Nedbank Cup and league double this season.

In a post match interview after eliminating Orlando Pirates out of the Nedbank Cup in Soweto on Saturday night, the articulate Komphela said he wanted to leave a legacy at the Free State club.

The return of Komphela to Bafana technical set-up put to rest reports that Mosimane's former assistant at SuperSport United, Thomas Madigage, was coming on board.

Komphela has also been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season, but this has been consistently denied by Amakhosi general manager Bobby Motaung and Komphela.

Rated as one of the best local coaches in the Premiership, Komphela last worked for SAFA as assistant coach to Stuart Baxter at Bafana. He has also coached the Under-23 national side and Amajita. SAFA will unveil Komphela and new Majimbos (Under-17 national side) coach Farouk Khan on Thursday.

Petersen and Khan were not available for comment on Monday.


  • Maama - 2012-03-27 10:19

    so if a team eliminates abig club means a coach deservves to coach the national team!!Wake up SAFA thats not a solution,idont say Khompela is bad but it looks like thats the criteria..

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-27 11:26

      yha is the move for komphela sithi halala steve atleast kuzobangcono

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-27 12:13

      bafana remind me of powerlines fc!

  • lmathebe - 2012-03-27 10:19

    This is long-overdue,the man has passion,vision,proven skills and the right mentality to instill the fundamentals to our players.

  • nangamso1 - 2012-03-27 10:39

    This is the man who was all over news yesterday, saying chiefs and Bafana link are just purely rumors.

  • Lunga - 2012-03-27 10:46

    So, what's going to happen with Leal? Will he stay on? Safa, too many cooks spoil the broth. As we are now, we cannot afford for the broth to be spoilt further.

  • Lunga - 2012-03-27 10:51

    That's like the English FA taking Jose Mourinho and making him England manager, and making Pep Guardiola his assistant. They don't even like each other, Komphela and Mosimane.

  • Patrick - 2012-03-27 11:13

    Good move.Khompela has distinguished himself as a coach.This move to bafana is long overdue.

  • sydneyarthurv - 2012-03-27 11:22

    Which direction are we going now? Parreira left Pitso with a lovely team and structure of play which saw us beat some of the best teams in the world. He messed it up, now they bringing Komphela to help him mess with that play even worse. SAFA is run by people who obviously never kicked a ball in their lives. Kalusha Bwalya is a true example of what a countries football federation is supposed to be run like and that is by people who know football.

      malose.lekalakala - 2012-03-28 09:34

      SAFA is clue less about the solution for the Bafana Bafana set-up. First things first. Their development structures are non existent. The PSL strikers are misfiring. You can bring the best coach in the world, there is absolutely nothing one can achieve with the current crop of our National team. We have to identify and admit to our weak points before we can achieve anything. Develop strikers from young age. We got an abundance of midfielders and good defenders. That is why we don't loose many games but get a lot of draws. Unfortunately you need to score goals to win games.Our strikers are below average and everybody knows that. In 1996 we had a good team, not a good management.

  • Glen - 2012-03-27 11:58


  • Andre - 2012-03-27 14:16

    Bafana has been on a neverending downward spiral since 1996.

  • Stephans Mnisi - 2012-03-27 22:13

    sure but pitso i m sorry,cos he don't have knowledge of selecting players ,he select 6pairs of left hand side ,& he want to use 4right handside.i think all the coaches must learn 4rom JOMO SONO how to select.Steve khomphela&jomo 4da job.

  • Sannie - 2012-03-29 19:24

    Steve won't last because Pitso is arrogant and will not listen to Steve. Watch this space.

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