Steve Komphela Biography
Steve Komphela (Stephen Mbuyi Komphela) is a South African manager and former footballer. He is currently managing Bloemfontein Celtic. He is the former manager of Maritzburg United, and former coach of Kaizer Chiefs.
Steve Komphela became a teacher by profession after he got his teacher’s diploma at Tshiya College in Free State.
He was also a TV presenter and hosted his own talk show on television channel Canakkale Dardanelspor AS where he sang Turkish folk songs and told jokes.
Steve Komphela Age
He was born on July 1, 1967 in Kroonstad, South Africa. He is 51 years old as of 2018.
Steve Komphela Family
He is the son of Jack Koyi Koyo (Father) and Nomalanga Komphela (Mother). He is married and has three children, Nombuyiselo Komphela, Noxolo Komphela and Nomalanga Komphela.
Steve Komphela Wife
He is married to Mamoepi Komphela and together they have three children.
Steve Komphela Career In Football – Steve Komphela Qualifications
Steve Komphela started out at NSL Second Division side Klerksdorp City and later Qwa Qwa Stars which he earned promotion to the National Soccer League with.He made his NSL debut on 9 February 1986 in a 4–1 win over Witbank Aces.
On 7th July 1992 he made his international debut with a 1–0 win over Cameroon. On 24 October 1992 against Congo, his 7th cap, he captained the team in its second ever World Cup qualifier. He played every minute of the first 22 internationals. He captained the team for the 18th and last time in a 2–2 draw against Zambia on 22 November 1995 which was his 24th cap.
He later joined Kaizer Chiefs where he played all 34 league games and signed a contract overseas on 16 August 1993 moving to Gaziantepspor for the second half of 1993/94 season alongside fellow South African Tebogo Moloi. He retired in 1997.
Steve Komphela Salary | Steve Komphela Salary Per Month
He earns a salary of between R300 000 – R400 000.
Steve Komphela Resigns
Steve Komphela resigns as Kaizer Chiefs coach in April 2018. Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that Steve Komphela resigned as head coach of the club with immediate effect following a 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars.
“Steve Komphela has resigned with immediate effect as head coach of Kaizer Chiefs,” the club said in a statement immediately after the match.
Ugly scenes followed the defeat to Ea Llo Koto at the Moses Mabhida Stadium as fans invaded the pitch and attacked the players and coaching staff.
2-0 victory with both goals coming from Congo Brazzaville midfielder Harris Tchilimbou during the first half.
Plastic bottles and other missiles were hurled at Chiefs’ dugout during the closing minutes when it became obvious that the last chance of glory this season was disappearing.
Steve Komphela Cars
Komphela is a great lover of cars and not just any cars but fast cars. He drives a Lamborghini and a Harley Davidson, and recently bought a new car.
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Steve Komphela Quotes
- That’s a nice question. Most questions have answers in them if you listen attentively but it’s a very good question
- Already there are two ways in coaching – entrance and exit; hired and fired.
- We are the biggest toilet in the world; whenever we want to relieve ourselves it is the easiest to get rid of the coach
- I sincerely apologise for coming late, we just came from Cape Town. On our way here, you know this is a democratic South Africa, and we had to go through the JMPD (Metro Police). Fortunately I got out clean! Please, we have to pay our traffic fines.
- An error is an error if committed once and an error becomes suspicious if committed twice and thrice. But the minute it becomes more consistent, then it is deliberate.
- It (refereeing standards) is purely rubbish and if you go through the rubbish then you will come out stinking. It is discouraging,” he said.
5 Things About Steve Komphela
- Steve Komphela hails from the Free State and was born in its third-largest city, Kroonstad.
- He is a qualified English teacher, which would explain his elaborate use of the language during press conferences!
- His football career took off when he went to play in the Turkish Super League. He played for two Turkish sides, Gaziantepspor and Çanakkale Dardanelspor.
- Komphela played for Bafana Bafana between 1992 and 1995 and made 24 appearances.
- His career has come full circle. He used to play as a defender at Kaizer Chiefs and now he will be working to defend their PSL title.
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Steve Komphela Highs
When the Chiefs management hired Steve Komphela in June 2015, they knew that it wasn’t going to be easy for him to emulate Baxter. The appointment came on the back of a season which saw them lift two major trophies, but they took their chances and stuck with their decision.
Being the first South African coach to get the Amakhosi job on a permanent basis since Trott Moloto in 1994 was a huge success on its own, and he’s had to prove to the majority of football fans around the country that SA-born coaches have what it takes to coach a big team like Chiefs.
That was the beginning of a tough journey, and many didn’t think he will see out his three-year contract, which is now over five months away from expiring.
Steve Komphela: Two cup finals in his first season
While it is true that history doesn’t remember losers, Steve Komphela can still be proud of his first season at the helm where he reached two cup finals less than six months after his appointment.
It looked so promising for him that a few of his detractors were beginning to claim him as their own. It was unfortunate for him lose the two finals – a 1-0 loss to Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8 courtesy of Nathan Paulse’s penalty as well as the 3-1 Telkom Knockout Cup final defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns where Chiefs missed two penalties in open play.
Steve Komphela: Unleashing youngsters from development
If there’s anything Steve Komphela should be applauded for is believing in younger players, especially those from the club’s development.
Other coaches who came in before him hardly gave certain players a fair chance to flourish at Chiefs, and the majority of those players left without even kicking a ball.
A player like Lorenzo Gordinho was promoted during the 2013/14 season, but he was sitting on three appearances in all competitions at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Steve Komphela gave him, and many others such as Hendrick Esktein, Reyaad Pieterse and Emmanuel Letlotlo the chance they deserved, and they hardly put a foot wrong.
Recently, Bruce Bvuma, Wiseman Meyiwa, Siyabonga Ngezana and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya have all been given a run in the first team, thanks to Komphela’s bravery, even during times when he appeared to be edging closer to the exit door.
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Steve Komphela: Two seasons without a trophy
It is unacceptable for a team of Amakhosi’s stature to go over two seasons without a major trophy, and if there’s anything Komphela should feel disappointed about, it’s his inability to deliver silverware so far.
This has obviously made him unpopular among the club fans, and some have already called for the club to fire him should he fail to win at least one of the two remaining trophies on offer this season.
Komphela’s bosses have already admitted that things have not gone according to plan in terms of winning trophies, but they are willing to continue supporting the coach until the last day of his contract.
Steve Komphela: Lack of quality signings
Chiefs made huge mistakes in the transfer market since Komphela’s arrival in 2015. One wonders how hands-on the coach was in bringing some of the players to the club.
The likes of Enocent Mkhabela, Camaldine Abraw, Sula Matovu and Bongani Ndulula among others, were never supposed to be signed by Chiefs.
Had Steve Komphela identified areas that needed to be reinforced at the time, and then his second season could have been much better. He is partly to blame for the club’s inability to sign quality players.
Steve Komphela: Three assistants in three seasons
A team is a reflection of its leadership, and Komphela would look back at his tenure and say, ‘I made some bad choices’. The chopping and changing of assistant coaches has somewhat derailed his progress at Chiefs.
He first worked with Doctor Khumalo, but the Amakhosi legend lasted for a single season, and was replaced by the inexperienced John Paintsil the following season.
The former Black Stars captain also lasted for a year at Chiefs, and the management, in consultation with Komphela of course, appointed Patrick Mabedi. This is proof enough that there’s no stability in the Chiefs technical team, and perhaps one of the factors he hasn’t won a major trophy for the club.
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Steve Komphela fires salvo at the haters
Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela has decried what he believes to be a culture of negativity surrounding South African football‚ which he says has an adverse affect on the product.
There seemed no small degree of personal experience Komphela was mixing into his message as he laid into the critics.
He experienced a torrid just-short of three seasons trophyless at Kaizer Chiefs where he was hounded by his own disgruntled supporters in the stands‚ and received a fair share of criticism in the media.
The coach compared that situation to what he has been experiencing with a flying start of four wins and a draw at Celtic‚ despite arriving to player strikes and the possibility of the club being sold.
“There is a difference between a fan and a supporter.
“Celtic supporters‚ those guys‚ they support their team. Those are the people who go there and they sing their lungs out‚” Komphela said.
“In Thohoyandou we also saw something – it was unbelievable [as Celtic beat Black Leopards 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match in front of a packed Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday].
“Now when you start highlighting that‚ speaking well about that‚ and not diluting it‚ it reinforces. And it is an indirect invite to any other potential supporter‚ or to any other fan who thinks they are a supporter.
“Then they will start to support and learn what it means.
“… But what is the culture of‚ and the identity of a proud South African? Has it been diluted?
“Have we passed on too many conflicting messages to South Africans‚ so that they don’t know what is it to support their nation? It’s sad.
“One thing we fail to do is to build our people; to give guidance and direction‚ and allow that if we manage to get six‚ we need to get 10 of these people [potential supporters].
“You pass on a positive message. You give positive teachings. So that it is a reflection of a good product.
“We need to change the way we think. We keep on condemning and condemning and condemning; and expect compliments – it can never be.
“We condemn everything that moves‚ and immediately the next day we ask‚ ‘But where are these supporters?’
“My man‚ you rubbished the product and they moved away from it‚ and you’re asking‚ ‘where are they?’
“Invite them by reflecting the positives. Show all the good things that happened in the product. You will add one‚ or two‚ or three [supporters].
“But the way we do it is so wrong. Sometimes we think like everybody else. And when we need everybody else to need a different way of seeing things‚ acting on things and behaving accordingly with regards to things‚ we don’t.”
Second-placed Celtic’s next Absa Premiership assignment is against Maritzburg United at Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday.