Komphela relishes Bafana duty

2012-06-08 21:33

Gabarone - Bafana Bafana interim coach Steve Komphela on Friday said it was a privilege to coach the national side, and that he would be prepared to fill any role assigned by the SA Football Association (Safa).

"To me this is not a job, to me this is duty for the nation," said Komphela in Gaborone, ahead of their Group A 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Botswana on Saturday.

"Each time you're called, whether it's [for] a second or a minute, it's a unique and huge privilege.

"I will accept without any doubt, and I'm always willing to be there for South Africa.

"I think it would be the responsibility of the federation to [do] interviews and come up with a decision regarding whoever fits the position best."

Komphela, who coaches Free State Stars in the Premier Soccer League, had been named as Bafana's second assistant coach in April, as requested by the sacked Pitso Mosimane.

On Friday, he made the shortlist of five coaches that Safa will interview from next week alongside Gordon Igesund, Gavin Hunt, Shakes Mashaba and Neil Tovey.

All candidates will have to give a presentation to the Safa technical committee headed by Fanyana Sibanyoni.

"Whether I'll stay as assistant or coach, honestly, it is the responsibility of the federation," he said.

"So I'm aware of it, but not really bothered."

Komphela cited his experience at the highest level in a clear attempt to spell out to Safa why he should be the man for the job.

The former Bafana captain was capped 24 times between 1992 and 1995, with 17 matches as captain.

"As a South African I'm always available, I've done it before," said Komphela.

"I've worked with (former Bafana coaches) Stuart Baxter, Carlos Queiroz and Carlos Alberto Parreira."

The 44-year-old former SA Under-23 coach explained the pressure that came with the job.

"This chair has never been cold; you sit here and it's heated all the time," he said.

"You have to be ready and it happens all over the world.

"I don't see a coach who says 'I'm here for good': even the most successful coaches move on."

Komphela said whoever went on to take charge of the team would need time to produce results.

"The ideal state would be, let's have a longer period [coaching contract] accompanied by results," Komphela said.

"But [the] reality is this job is about results.

"You give results, you can stay longer, but never forever.

"So we're quite aware of that, it's not a South African phenomenon, it happens all over the world."


  • chamunorwa.mpofuparira - 2012-06-08 21:51

    Coach Komphela we a behind u but avoid talking 2much let yo work tok 4u.We a sick n tired f promises now we want results.Com brasil 2014 we want 2qualify.

  • mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-06-08 22:35

    South Africa is behind you, but you must remember that SA is not a tolerant nation, we concentrate more to your loses not your wins. It's time 4 your smart talk 2 bring results on the field of play, We don't want "Mosimane the 2nd"

  • phaswana.rudolph - 2012-06-08 23:36

    we want win the cup,or else we will support the boks.I believe kompela will win this game.

  • joemols - 2012-06-09 01:25

    You and Pitso failed to beat Ethiopia,yes,Ethiopia,you were there. As an assistant you failed to tell your supervisor he was selecting unfit players.I don't see a reason why you should get this job,you are as much guilty as Pitso!

  • thehellboy001 - 2012-06-09 09:39

    The interim coach of our national side is pathetic,what has he actually achieved prior to his appointment??SAFA have no idea what they are doing,there are at least 3-4 different coaches who have a proven track record. We will never get to Brazil with Komphela in charge!!!!

  • Maphia - 2012-06-09 12:56

    Komphela must take botswana game as(I can do the job test)coz if he fail,the is no way he can get that bafana job.

  • nkululeko.maluleke - 2012-06-09 13:58

    If the jersey of the national team was respected and showed honour, they'd play with heart and not with the mindset of just playing, yes I agree with changes within the system but if the authorities are not up to scratch, then clearly there'll be failure. Goodluck to them though

  • Sekwati - 2012-06-09 16:57

    fire him...

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