Cape Town - Steve Komphela has reassured Maritzburg United that he has not been in talks with with Kaizer Chiefs.
This is according to Maritzburg chairman Farouk Kadodia after media reports this week linked Komphela with a move to the Glamour Boys after the departure of coach Stuart Baxter.
“I spoke to the agent (Tim Sukazi) and he said they are not talking to Chiefs and I spoke to the coach and he also said they’re not talking," Kadodia told Sport24 exclusively on Wednesday.
“Who is the orchestra of this speculation? I don’t know.
“He (Komphela) says there’s nothing at all … as far as all the parties are concerned there is no negotiation. Chiefs, and the brand that they are, if they were in talks at this stage they would have contacted me.”
Komphela, who has one year remaining on his contract at Harry Gwala Stadium, guided the Team of Choice to eighth place in the PSL last season – United’s best ever finish.
Kadodia is naturally delighted with the work done by Komphela, and says that he will ideally look at offering the coach an extended contract in about six months.
“Let’s just take it one step at a time,” he said.
“Steve’s work ethic we won’t question. When you see training also, you see how he puts the guys through their training drills,” said Kadodia.
“As far as Steve as a person and as a football coach, we would like to see that carry on.
“But we are not going to occupy our minds with that right now, simply because we haven’t had any direction.”
Kadodia added that Maritzburg would be looking to bring in some new faces in the off-season having parted ways with Thabang Matuka (Bloemfontein Celtic), Thokozani Sekotlong and Terrance Mandaza (both released).
“We always talk to the coach when we’re looking at players,” he said.