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Komphela Compares Sibiya To Rayners

After he scored the equaliser in Golden Arrows’ 1-1 draw with Cape Town City, head coach Steve Komphela had special praise for Nduduzo Sibiya.

The 28-year-old, who joined Arrows when he was just 14 years old, has played over 200 games for the first team, having come through the club’s development system.

He was a member of the Arrows team that won the Diski Challenge, and now almost a decade later has very much become the ‘go-to-man’ at Abafana Bes’thende, with his coach saying he shows similar confidence to Iqraam Rayners inside the box.

When asked by iDiski Times about Sibiya’s importance to the club, Komphela waxed lyrically about the grandson of former AmaZulu star Special Sithole. The Arrows coach also spoke about how much he had grown since Komphela was previously at the club.

“He’s doing so well,” Komphela replied.

“He’s matured immensely, compared to what he was when I was [first] at Arrows, which then I threw the same to [SuperSport presenter] Phumlani [Mkhize] to say, does it then mean our players take longer to mature? We’ll have to check at his age now, the number of matches he’s played, and the years he has been at Arrows…

“We don’t coach him anymore. Instead, he’s part of the people who advise everybody, he provides leadership. And indeed, he’s the Go-To-Man.

“Maybe as well, I asked him last week to say, ‘Sulu, what is it that you think has happened with you?’ He says, ‘Coach, I understand that the minute the ball goes wide, I’m going to the box. I don’t ask for permission. I’m going exactly there’.

“And what happened today is just a response or a reflection of the response he gave during the week. Because he got the ball, it went wide, Malinga crossed the ball, he was at the near post and it is a most difficult touch, because there was no space.

“But it’s confidence. Again, finishing is about confidence. Look at Rayners. When he scored those five goals, the fifth one, it was just an example of somebody operating in a box with confidence. Everything works for you, because you’re not under any stress, I think Sibiya is at that level. And we are grateful for that.

“He is a hell of a good player. Technically, something else. Mentally he’s matured. Emotionally, very stable. Leadership, he’s got. If you can have four or five of those players in your team, be guaranteed that that team will go somewhere.”

It is something that Arrows perhaps does not get enough credit for, but over the years many talents have come through the system at the Durban club, and when this was put to Komphela, he concurred.

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“I remember having a discussion with the chair lady at some point, and she said that one of our ways in the PSL is that every season, we have to bring some sort of excitement, we have to unravel some talent,” Komphela replied to iDiski Times.

“And indeed, that is Arrows for you. Every season when everybody else does transfer, and then you acquired this one from that team and this one from that team.

“Yes, they will do that. But one or the other, you will find a player coming through. You look at [Siyanda] Mthanti, number 38 the right wing, he’s also going to be something with time.

“Already now he’s confident, he could play in front of Marc Van Heerden and no player plays next to Marc Van Heerden and still feels settled. Marc is quite aggressive. But the youngster was there and you’re asking yourself with time, with years experience, what’s going to be of him. So we also expect and anticipate that he will be a story to tell like Sibiya and them.”

The Cape Town City game was 20-year-old Mthanti’s 20th league game this season since making his debut on the 5th of August last year against Moroka Swallows.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.