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Arrows Downplay Komphela Influence

Golden Arrows were one of the surprises of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership campaign, but chairperson Mato Madlala has downplayed it had much to do with Steve Komphela.

The Mamelodi Sundowns coach left Arrows in October to join the technical team at Masandawana.

As a consequence, long-term assistant Mandla Ncikazi was given the head coach role at Abafana bes’Thende and exceeded many expectations, leading the club into fourth place.

Madlala has now insisted that she was not worried despite Komphela’s shock departure after he had spent almost two years with the club since replacing Clinton Larsen in 2018.

“How many seasons Steve spent at the club? You sound like my players were relying on him to gain experience,” she said as per the Daily Sun.

“I think he had one full season and a half, so I wasn’t concerned. My club has a good structure and it is the structure that led us to succeed (not Steve).

“As long as the structure and the foundation are right, chances of failing are none existence. I didn’t get worried to see Steve go, not at all.”

Ncikazi repaid the faith of Madlala, leading Arrows in fourth place, while also claiming the Q-2 Innovation prize.

His side’s fine performances in 2020/21 saw him being nominated for the Coach of the Season award alongside Downs duo Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena as well as eventual winner Benni McCarthy. 

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