Cape Town - Cape Town City play-maker Teko Modise is of the belief that Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela deserves to stay at Naturena despite not winning any trophies to date.
Komphela is in his third season with the Glamour Boys and has failed to win any silverware during that period of time. This season his side are still alive in the Absa Premiership title race and also have the Nedbank Cup to play for.
The 50-year-old's contract expires in June and it appears likely he and the club may part ways at that point. However, Modise takes the view that sometimes longer-term success requires management being patient at the beginning.
He told the Sowetan: "Look at the transition he has made in building the team; the number of young players and also a core that is ageing. People have been critical without understanding the process that is ongoing inside the club.
"He is a smart coach who believes in his vision. At some point people were thinking he is crazy. To be a great coach you need to be crazy sometimes; to take decisions that are unpopular, and he has been doing that.
"Hopefully, in the coming season he will still be coaching the same team to justify what it was that he was busy doing."
The 4th placed Chiefs take on 5th placed City in a league clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday with both teams hoping to keep their titles ambitions alive.
Kick-off is at 20:15.