Coaches Column with Steve Komphela
1 April 2015
Head Coach Steve Komphela gives us an honest and fascinating assessment of his side’s affairs as they head into the home stretch of the season.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: Was it difficult keeping the players’ spirits up during the winless run – how did you do this?
Steve Komphela: It was extremely difficult. We had to Keep Faith and stay true to the course. As a Coach you must take pressure off the players by accepting the situation, owning up, but remain objective and optimistic.
Never show any signs of feeling the strain. Stay as calm, cordial as possible. Identify the problem, think it through and apply your mind thoroughly without being emotional about the bad situation then solve the problem.
Remain confident that you will change the situation, it won't last forever. Acceptance that failure exists and as the word failure starts to dominate your circles when the expected result doesn't not come, move over and deal with the FEAR of FAILING.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: Looking at the run in to the end of the season, you must be fairly confident that Maritzburg can achieve a top eight finish?
Steve Komphela: The players are confident again and the two back to back wins against Chiefs and Platinum Stars have given a great boost. The wins just confirmed or justified our performances even during the period we were not winning.
A testimony that irrespective of circumstances, one has to stay true to the course. We are fighting nail and tooth to finish in the Top 8. Something that has never happened in the history of this club.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: You must be proud of the fact that three MUFC players have been called up to the Bafana squad this season?
Steve Komphela: It is good for the players themselves that if they are consistent and take their profession seriously, they can only get better. The call ups were also a message to their team mates to focus on their game and work hard.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: A huge game against SuperSport this weekend. Can United make it three wins out of three, and what will be key to beating SuperSport?
Steve Komphela: Without any sign of arrogance, when they were regarded as on fire, we beat SuperSport United 1:4 in the first round in their backyard. This to them is a grudge match. Both teams have 30 Points and are obviously fighting for a spot in the Top 8. We are reasonably desperate to make it three in a row. Easier said than done but it is possible, we need to apply ourselves properly.