Former Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela has thanked Mamelodi Sundowns billionaire president Patrice Motsepe for giving him an opportunity to co-coach the Brazilians.
After leaving Abafana Bes’thende on Sunday, Komphela joined Sundowns at training this morning and received a warm welcome from the players and staff.
“First days are very anxious but I am very delighted to be part of this great and successful team,” Komphela told the club’s official website.
“Joining a team of this calibre, expectations will always be there and beyond that joining Coach Rulani and Coach Manqoba at their head coaches positions, it’s all about coming together and sharing ideas for the club’s best interest. I would also like to thank the President and the board for this opportunity.
“I have worked with some of these superstars here, but it was amazing to come across the cream that you meet at the training ground.
“Every person and every face you come across, every eye you connect with you see just sparks of quality and the energy was there and you could feel that this is an environment that is so fertile, that success should also be a possibility and to not underestimate the fact that the success they built is actually the enemy currently because they have to get better from what they have built.
“It has to be maintained and worst-case scenario it has to be surpassed which is what Coach Manqoba and Coach Rulani have mentioned, so it is a great environment.
“At the level of heading and as a coach you have a responsibility to make everybody settle down. How do you let everybody settle down when you are also not settled yet?
“It remains a big responsibility that we guard these superstars, staff members as well great people a lot of them we met in the tunnel, some of them were reminding me of stories we used to share and nothing as beautiful as coming across in reality with those you anticipated to cross paths with.”