Komphela on axed coaches and building towards Arrows’ next game

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Steve Komphela has sympathy for the coaches who have lost their jobs already this season, saying it did not make them bad at what they do.

Clinton Larsen, Cavin Johnson and Lionel Soccoia were axed by Chippa United, AmaZulu and Black Leopards respectively in the past 12 days, while Milutin Sredojević left Orlando Pirates a week earlier.

The Lamontville Golden Arrows boss admits that short-term work was quickly becoming the norm of the industry.

Komphela understands why some of the men mentioned have been dismissed by their clubs.

Three of those clubs currently occupy the bottom five positions on the Absa Premiership table, and even at this early stage of the season, the respective owners are already stressing about relegation.

The 2019/20 season is only six games old, but Komphela says that his research suggests that the smaller teams sitting where they are will more than likely be fighting relegation come the end of the season.

The Abafana Bes’thende boss was speaking ahead of his team’s league outing against Stellenbosch FC in Clermont on Saturday.

The Durbanties are presently fifth on the table, while the Cape side, who are one of the few that have stuck with their coach Steve Barker, occupy the third from bottom position on the log.

Arrows drew with Cape Town City in their last match over the weekend and Komphela discussed preparation for the game at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium and the next one against Kaizer Chiefs in midweek.

Arrows have done excellently in the league thus far. The nine points collected is only four fewer than Chiefs, although Komphela insisted it was not where they wanted to be.

He felt his side needed to be a bit better off after six games of the campaign. – Report by Thahir Asmal