Monday Apr 23, 2018. 15:00
Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela insists that what he has achieved at the club will only bear fruit in the future.
In the meantime, the legacy he has created will not be seen by the fans he added.
The former Bafana Bafana defender parted ways with the Soweto giants on Saturday night after their 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Just after the final whistle, fans stormed the pitch as they vented their anger and damaged stadium property, assaulted security guards, as well as damaging television broadcasting equipment.
Speaking after the match, Komphela admits he failed to meet the high standards set by the club.
“I think, as Bobby (Motaung) put it earlier on, football is about results. I remember speaking to one of my colleagues some time back and he said you can go play the MTN8, win three matches and have a medal hanging on the wall. By certain standards you have achieved,” said Komphela.
“There is a certain amount of work that you do that you cannot point at and justify, which again it is where you are pushing towards. Only the future will tell you the results.
“I think, which I knew very well, the combination of forming a team and getting to a performing stage and excelling stage comes along with a lot of risks.
“We cushioned the risk, we kept on going for three years and I wonder how many of my colleagues would’ve stood the pressure that we had to endure, because we knew the process we were on and the plan was there.
“Looking at how things have happened, I mean you’ve got to be very, very realistic and say, ‘no, no, no, in the best interests of the safety of everybody, let’s rather allow the procedure to unfold and move on’.
“So legacy will not be seen now, but in the future it might point at that. And the club will show, as time goes on, the way we were working for the whole project.”
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