Komphela on target for Arrows from the word go
Coach had been in the job less than a week after walking out in a huff from Bloemfontein Celtic
It was important to get his new job off to a winning start, said Steve Komphela after beginning with a bang at new club Lamontville Golden Arrows.
Komphela saw his new charges score just 10 minutes into his reign at his new team and go on to beat Maritzburg United 2-0 in their Premier Soccer League clash at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban on Sunday.
Komphela had been in the job less than a week after his dramatic post-Christmas resignation at Bloemfontein Celtic.
“It was important to start on a positive note as I had only been in the job three or four days,” he said. ‘‘Obviously it will take some time for everyone to adapt and there is a long way for them to go, but I was very happy with the points and the performance. There was a lot of physical sacrifice from the players.”
His first few days on the job in Durban were in direct contrast to his dramatic last days at Celtic that saw him pen an explosive letter to his former employers shortly before he quit the club in a huff.
The leaked letter Komphela wrote to Celtic management on December 27 detailed the staggering lack of professionalism and numerous other irritants at the cash-strapped club. It pointed to deep-rooted problems that include the club almost failing to honour a league fixture against Maritzburg United at Dr Molemela Stadium on September 28.
Komphela also alleged that he often used his own money to pay for certain things at the Celtic.
Life in KwaZulu-Natal has seemingly started on a more solid footing after Knox Mutizwa scored early and Portuguese striker Joao Moreira grabbed his first PSL goal straight after half-time to secure the victory. The sending off of Wayde Jooste, though, meant that Arrows had to play down to 10 men for the last 25 minutes.
Komphela said his predecessor Clinton Larsen had laid a good foundation for him to build on.
“Larsen did a good job but I still need to assess everything that I have available. But it is to his credit that he left a good structure in place and I appreciate that.” He said he would not worry too much about targets. “Really you want to win all the games. We have to keep this franchise in the league and we cannot get ahead of ourselves after this win. Our target really should also be just the next match.”