Steve Komphela says if he is the reason why spectators went on the rampage on Saturday night, then he would rather step down. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Steve Komphela says if he is the reason why spectators went on the rampage on Saturday night, then he would rather step down. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Itumeleng Khune and other Kaizer Chiefs players, support staff and ball-boys take evasive action as they leave the pitch at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Itumeleng Khune and other Kaizer Chiefs players, support staff and ball-boys take evasive action as they leave the pitch at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Fans attack a security guard at Moses Mabhida Stadium after Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars. Photo: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Fans attack a security guard at Moses Mabhida Stadium after Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars. Photo: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA

DURBAN – Embattled Steve Komphela resigned as the Kaizer Chefs coach to avoid violence.

Komphela decided to end his two-year four-month stay with the Amakhosi after succumbing 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Harris Tchilimbou netted the brace to propel Stars into the final.

Chiefs fans ran riot as they threw missiles on to the pitch and vandalised the stadium property to show their anger.

Two security guards were taken to hospital after getting injured while trying to stop the fans who stormed on to the pitch, as they wanted to attack the players and the coach.

Komphela did the honourable thing and resigned after match. Speaking with the media, he made it clear that he took the decision to stop more violence in upcoming matches.

“We have to cut this culture of ill-discipline and delinquency. If it means that I have to bring the calmness – and listen, I have to do that – I have to be responsible enough to say let us protect the players, protect administration, set an example and stop this trend,” he said.

“If it has to be stopped by me being just outside the scenario, even with two matches to go, do it. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Assistant coach Patrick Mabedi is expected to take over in the last three matches. Chiefs will lock horns with Lamontville Golden Arrows on Tuesday at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu in an Absa Premiership encounter at 7.30pm.

“Another example is that of Arsene Wenger (of Arsenal, who announced that he is stepping down at the end of the season).

“With 22 years at Arsenal, when he realised that the seats were getting too red, you got to Emirates (Arsenal’s home stadium), he decided that ‘Hey guys, you know what, this will be the end of my journey’.

“This man did it with a lot of honour, respect and integrity. It will be appreciated. The same line. I have also had same consideration.

“That hhayi madoda (hey, guys) people are fighting maybe over me, and if that is the case, supporters and players are suffering because of me, then make considerations.

“They are effectively saying to you (resign), I consider to be very responsible and protect everybody at stake. Maybe also assisting the Premier Soccer League not to be charging teams for violence,” Komphela stated.

The former Bafana Bafana captain failed to deliver any piece of silverware during his tenure at Amakhosi.

“If you are the trigger, then you’ve got to stop. If I’m the trigger for that, the best way that there shouldn’t be any violence, and there should be harmony and the results, I think one has to accept that… no, no, no.

“Let us stop because if it goes on, then a lot of people will get hurt. It is only fair. I’m saying that with no lump on my throat, nothing, calm, very rational.

Spectators set sections of the stands alight at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. Photo: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA

“Accepting and seeing that for the sake of peace, for the sake of results, administration, players, supporters as well. Just stop the switch,” Komphela said.

Komphela will always be remembered for his colourful quotes at Chiefs and for believing in youngsters.

“You don’t just say things outright without having consulted, but I’m currently saying I’m going to be part of the solution in this, and it is my responsibility to solve this,” he said.

“In as much as I wanted to see the best out of Chiefs, if the best out of Chiefs means without me, my man, amen. That’s how it goes.

“You’ve got to be very honest because you don’t want to risk people, players and results. It is only fair, it is only fair. This is how it goes, that is life for you.”

 

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