Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela is expected to leave the club when his current contract runs out at the end of the season.
Chiefs beat PSL bottom-dwellers Platinum Stars 1-0 at FNB Stadium on Sunday, and Komphela certainly raised eyebrows with his post-match interview.
Speaking to SuperSport TV after the match, he said:
“As I go out, I must thank everybody. The pressure that you receive makes you a better person. Emotionally I was very weak as a person.
“Personally, I must thank everyone who has put pressure on me. I couldn’t have been the coal that I am. I couldn’t have been the diamond that I am. I would have stayed a simple muddy house,” Komphela expressed.
“It is through pressure that you get better.
“But you have to accept the pressure because at the back of not accepting pressure you are denying God what he wants you to do. He is preparing for another environment – it could be outside football, it could be anywhere else. So don’t say no to challenges, rather seek more wisdom.
“I have grown immensely. I am not the same coach that came to Chiefs, as I go out I must thank everybody.
“The pressure that you receive makes you a better person. Emotionally, I was very weak as a person but if you ask me now the emotions are stronger and that moves deeper into the levels of faith.
“Maybe I need to be more faithful and the only way to do that is to have emotions that are strong and stable, that nothing hurts you but that comes from thinking, “ he further said.
Komphela has been under immense pressure at the club since taking over the reins, failing to deliver silverware and this became evident last weekend when Amakhosi were thrashed 3-0 by Chippa United in front of their home fans.
Fans were infuriated and piled missiles at the players after the match, resulting in the club being charged with misconduct and bringing the league into disrepute.
Club Chairman Kaizer Motaung Snr has already indicated that the club will undergo an overhaul that will affect both the technical team as well as the playing personnel.
Despite having failed to come away with trophies in almost three seasons at the club, Komphela still has a chance to bag the Nedbank Cup.
Komphela’s troops take on Free State Stars in their semi-final clash on Saturday, 21 April, with a win setting them up a final against either Mamelodi Sundowns or Maritzburg United.
The former Team of Choice and Ea Lla Koto mentor’s record in the Absa Premiership at the Glamour Boys reads as follows: