Komphela snubs SAFA job

2012-07-04 18:53

Cape Town - Free State Stars coach Steve Komphela has opted to stay with his team and not take up the the position of technical director at the South African Football Assocaition.

Komphela, who lost the national coaching race to Gordon Igesund was poised to replace Serame Letsoaka, whose contract expired last month.

Komphela spent the latter half of last season as an assistant to Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane, who has since been relived of his duties.

He maintained his position at Stars while assisting Mosimane, however following Mosimane’s dismissal, he was seen as a front runner to take over at the helm of the South African national team.


  • hrobyn1 - 2012-07-04 19:18

    suur druiwe...

  • Kolobe - 2012-07-04 19:33

    was never better than gordon

      itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-07-05 08:14

      Gordon is the best man for the job, and I know if given space, he'll work his magic - people must just be patient.

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-07-04 19:52


  • thenga.pfananani - 2012-07-04 20:40

    He thought he is going 2b given the post due 2 his BEE status but not his credentials that is y he quits, you're jst a coward englishman!!

      ndabenhle.ngubane - 2012-07-05 08:50

      I didnt know Steve is English. He looks like a "true" African.

  • Rinaldi Damons - 2012-07-04 20:42

    Why did SAFA even offer Komphela a job. He has absolutely no technical ability.

      James - 2012-07-04 21:30

      They tested both candidates on technical issues and Komphela was strong. That is presumably why they offered him the job of Technical Director. He was clearly a talented and well qualified candidate and they did not want to discard him. It is a pity he did not take up their offer. Gordon and he could have made a good team. Good luck to him with his job with Free State Stars. His contribution in assisting Pitso should also be acknowledged. Finally, Gordon has an outstanding track record and it is hoped and expected his success will continue.

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-07-05 09:56

      i am starting to believe that safa is run by idiots, where in the world have you ever seen two people vie for the same position and the loser being given a technical directors position? how will the 2 work together?

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-07-04 22:21

    Wise decision. Psl

  • paul.swaile - 2012-07-05 00:22

    Will Komphela get the same treatment from SAFA as others who turned their back on the national team?

  • bongani.mtsweni.35 - 2012-07-05 07:09

    I fully support Steve.He showed SAFA you are the man.

  • victor.freeman.39 - 2012-07-05 09:45

    How ironic. He did say when the nation calls, he will always be available. Maybe Butana is teaching him some political skills. Tell the people what they want to hear and then do the opposite.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-07-05 10:07

    Thumb-Up Kompela. There's too much politics within the SAFA administration. Not that you are better than Gordon. Gordon's ability and experience is of something that no coach in Africa can match buy a long shot. There's still a long road for you to head the ever-struggling Bafana. You better start spicing your CV with troffies and tittles to be on the helm. Get some winning tips from Gordon, the best we ever had after Clive Barker, then you'll ................

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