Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Kenny Niemach says winning the Nedbank Cup is the last hope for Steve Komphela to convince the club's management that he deserves a new contract to remain in charge of the Glamour Boys beyond the 2017/18 season.
Chiefs are without a major trophy since Komphela took over the reins from Stuart Baxter three years ago and speculation has been rife that Amakhosi management will replace the former Bafana Bafana captain with Belgian coach Luc Eymael, who is having a good season at Free State Stars.
Komphela’s three-year contract is expiring at the end of the season and lack of trophies at Chiefs under his mentorship has not helped his situation.
"He is too afraid to just let the team play,” Niemach said.
"I will be surprised if they keep him beyond this season provided the team does not win the Nedbank Cup."
Niemach, who also played for Mamelodi Sundowns before donning the gold and black colours of the Glamour Boys, said Chiefs have supported Komphela with the players he wanted in the January transfer window and should return the favour by winning the Nedbank Cup.
Amakhosi defeated NFD side Stellenbosch 2-1 on Saturday night to book a place in the quarter-finals.
"He has brought in the personnel he wanted to give him the cutting edge going forward," he added.
"I just have a sense there is much of richness about his offensive midfielders, but there is also no variation.
"The style of play becomes too predictable. Everything in the last third needs to be quick and crisp to break their opponents."
Amakhosi are in the fifth position in the league and trail leaders Sundowns by eight points.