Mamelodi Sundowns Senior Coach Steve Komphela spoke about the pride he felt for his players after Sundowns’ emotional 2-0 victory over TS Galaxy on Tuesday night.
Sundowns played the game just two days after hearing of the passing of their defender Motjeka Madisha, and the always-philosophical Komphela says it is difficult to explain the emotions after the game.
Komphela says his team played with dignity, and it gives him confidence to see the integrity of the players he works with.
“It’s difficult to explain, Rob, if someone were to ask you, how do you how do you define the taste of let’s say sugar?” Komphela said during the post match presser.
“You can’t. How do you explain emotions? No ways appropriate enough to explain such pride. Pride is something that comes along with understanding what is ahead of you, and why you have to suffer. And as you stand firm and face it with dignity, to me, that is pride. It gives it gives great confidence in people you’re working with.”
“But, but one thing one has to also echo is the game itself the game itself, also defined that, if you are focused enough, if you consider what has to be done, than what is happening, the universe will definitely align and help you, the crossbar maybe they hit , the penalty they missed.”
“And and with within with us now, our players understood that we are at the position of privilege and pride that we can play and represent Mamelodi Sundowns. And we are also at the position of, not of comfort, but of convenience to give a result and perform.”
“I’ve been going through the reports, I’ve been listening to what is being said, I’ve observed the players, we’ve gone through this moment that we are going through, it hadn’t been easy, Rob.”
“Now when you see players at the end of it coming out in that degree of pride is a sign of what they understood, the purpose of the 90 minutes for and I think they did extremely well.”