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Komphela Breaks Silence On Swallows Struggles

Former Moroka Swallows head coach Steve Komphela has opened up on some of the struggles he experienced, admitting the club lived above its financial means, which caused the tussle between management and players.

Komphela was relieved of his duties as Swallows head coach on Monday, but had already stopped coaching since the beginning of the year, with Musa Nyatama and Ditheko Mototo being named as assistant coaches on their team sheet in the 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City.

Swallows’ current issues go back to December when the players striked over disagreements over their December salaries, which led to the club failing to pitch for their games against Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows – games which since have been ruled as walkovers against them, while the Dube Birds were also fined R1 million, with R600,000 of it suspended.

Komphela has now revealed that the club were overspending on their own budget, which caused the current troubles.

“If you look back of what we went through, we’ve had cases and settlements, they put a setback on us,” he told Andile Ncube on Metro FM.

“We could not get sponsorships for whatever reasons, but scale down, have a business model that will make you survive and it is possible.

“From my understanding, already moving into that year, you got in with difficulties, financially and then on top of that you’re trying to develop a squad that is strong, strong as is, and you also put more, so you are literally exploding and moving the boundaries of your budget of which the capacity is also weakened and what happens when something that is weakened, it breaks, it’s logic.”

Komphela, though, dismissed claims that he was a ringleader in the strike of his former players, saying he still pushed them to play the SuperSport United match when the issues first came up.

“That would be unfortunate. That would be another Steve I don’t know,” he added.

“Maybe I would go back and say… the SuperSport match we played, which is where things were getting tight, I had to intervene and I had no business in talking to authorities, I am a coach.

“You can imagine when you move from a technical department into administrative level, and now you are interacting with executives. There is a way to interact with them, but not when there is an impasse.

“When we played SuperSport, we had to intervene. I had to go and get about six players. Go ask [Ditheko] Mototo, ask [Musa] Nytama, I’m the one who pressed and said ‘We can’t put the game into disrepute like this, we have to honour the fixture’. I tried my utmost.

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“I’ll be the first one to say to players ‘you have a duty and responsibility to do that’. But as soon as commitments were made and they were not met, where am I? And you are a coach…”

Despite revealing some information and expressing his frustrations in particular with team manager Elasto Kapowezha, Komphela though refrained from spilling more details.

“Imagine I come on platforms like these and I say such, it reflects badly on me as a coach,” he explained.

“And it is not only people who are interested in the Swallows story – my next boss is listening and saying ‘Oh goodness me, if I hire this guy, the level of confidiality is…’

“But the struggles we went through at Swallows, I have never seen some of the stuff that I saw.”

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.
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