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Mngqithi Delighted To Lift Komphela ‘Curse’

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi says winning the 2020/2021 DStv Premiership league title was extra special because it gave senior coach Steve Komphela his first coaching silverware.

Komphela joined Sundowns at the start of the season, and while he has contributed a lot to South African football, his silverware cabinet as a coach had been barren.

Mngqithi says people were starting to say that Komphela was unlucky, and he was glad to be able to disprove that.

“I cannot explain how excited I am,” Mngqithi said at the post match press conference.

“Because it’s one of the reasons why we felt he should come and join us because we believe he’s got the ability.

“He had done tremendous work with Kaizer Chiefs and very unfortunate not to win a trophy in that space, because I think he played two finals. He was forever in position number two, number three on the league, he did exceptionally well. But unfortunately, he never really got to win a trophy. And it was not always his fault.

“And people were beginning to think he is just unlucky, even to us some were even indicating that he will bring that bad luck to us. But I’ve always believed those things at times do not work, the amount of work you put in brings you closer to possibilities of winning something.

“And when we win the championship, it’s even more exciting to me that it has taken that away from him. I remember even when Coach Pitso made sure that we win the league for Teko because everybody was saying Teko has got the bad luck.

“But at times people tend to stigmatize and think you are never meant to achieve something. But the unfortunate part, it’s us, the black nation that always look at it in that way, instead of supporting each other.

“Because if you can check the contribution of Steve in our football, in terms of the players that he produced more especially from Free State Stars and the players that he gave an opportunity at Chiefs, it should indicate to all of us the quality of the man, and the quality of a coach that he is, and the improvement.

“Look at Chiefs now and check the seasons when he was there, in as much as he never won anything with Chiefs, but where he put them and what happened after he left, that should indicate to everybody the impact that he had at Kaizer Chiefs and had he been given the same chance maybe and also got the players that came in after him, probably he would be in a better space to have won something by now.

“So maybe it was God’s wish that he should win it when he’s working with us and we really appreciate that.”