COMMENT: Steve Komphela faces Kaizer Chiefs and with scores to settle

The clash between Amakhosi and Phunya Sele Sele will be a fascinating one as Komphela returns to the FNB Stadium for the first time in four months

Steve Komphela left Kaizer Chiefs under a dark cloud, but he returns to the FNB Stadium brimming with confidence after a 100 percent start to the new season with new club, Bloemfontein Celtic.

He was forced to resign just over four months ago after Amakhosi fans deemed him 'not good enough' to coach their beloved club.

While his lack of success in terms of winning trophies during his three-year stay at Naturena may justify the sentiments of the disgruntled fans who invaded the pitch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, the truth is that Komphela wasn't given the necessary tools to take Chiefs to greater heights.

The 51-year-old mentor now has a point to prove, and this wouldn't have came at a better time, especially as Chiefs are still trying to find their feet.

Komphela record at Celtic PS

Chiefs have had a slow start to the season under the tutelage of Giovanni Solinas, who has all the best players in the country to beat any opponent at any given day.

However, Komphela has the advantage because he worked with the majority of the players that Solinas is currently pinning his hopes on.

He knows the team inside out, and he has had enough time to prepare for them after a two-week break from competitive football. 

Komphela has already beaten Orlando Pirates despite very few people believing that he could, but a win over his former employers would be sweeter.

This clash offers Komphela with the opportunity to silence critics and also remind everyone that while he may not have won trophies with Chiefs, he's got the potential to become one of the best coaches in the country if given the necessary support and tools.

Steve Komphela

The only thing Komphela has to manage well is complacency from his players going into this match. He must also ensure that he gets his tactics right in order to leave the Calabash with a smile on his face.

Thus far, Komphela has shown that he's tactically smarter; something he would admit that he learnt from his time with Chiefs. 

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A good result in front of the fans who consistently called for his head would go a long way in ensuring that Phunya Sele Sele become a competitive side under his watch. 

When Eric Tinkler was at Pirates, he also experienced what Komphela went through at Chiefs, but he rose above criticism and turned Cape Town City into the giant slayers they are today. 

Komphela is doing something right, and at this rate, he will soon emulate Tinkler and turn Celtic into one of the exciting teams in the PSL, and achieving that starts with proving those who doubted his ability as a coach wrong.