Cape Town – Newly appointed Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela, has cleared the air upon the relationship between himself and Doctor Khumalo.
As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs press conference
Sport24 reported that Chiefs confirmed the appointment of Komphela as their mentor.
The former Bafana Bafana captain fills the void left by Stuart Baxter, who opted to resign from his post.
Komphela penned a three-year contract with Chiefs.
Addressing the media at Naturena, Komphela went on to explain whether or not there is any rift between Khumalo and himself.
“I was on my way from Maritzburg and I landed at OR Tambo [international airport] and as I was getting to the parking lot, I received this call then I can see that wait a minute I know this number,” explained Komphela.
Komphela reveals that Khumalo called to question him about whether or not they will be able to work with one another after he read something written in the media.
“This person who is calling says they say we can’t work together. There is a guy who wrote the story and it was so pleasing to receive that call,” said Komphela.
“We had a chat and I said to the person who was talking to me, ‘I’m sure you and I know each other. We come a long way.
“We’ve been through a lot of education [coaching courses] and whatever. I wouldn’t even have believed that even if you said it, because I know how you behave and treat me’.
“We went through that conversation and it was done.”
Komphela admits that “it was so pleasing” to receive the call and bury any complications before he accepted the opportunity from club chairman, Kaizer Motaung.
Motaung confirmed that there will be no further exits from the clubs technical staff.