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It's only the situation that prompted us to make this call immediately, admits Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung

13:32 GMT+4 22/04/2018
Bobby Motaung and Steve Komphela - Kaizer Chiefs
Amakhosi's team manager has revealed that they will make an announcement regarding the changes to the technical team in the next few days

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung says that they are not enemies with former coach Steve Komphela after the embattled boss resigned as Amakhosi coach.

The former Bafana Bafana skipper stepped down as Chiefs coach on Saturday night after their 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final loss against Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Two goals courtesy of Congolese international, Harris Tchilimbou dumped the Soweto giants out of the Ke Yona competition.

The tournament was the only available chance for Chiefs to end their barren three-year run under Komphela, and fans clearly expressed their dissatisfaction with the loss as it led to ugly scenes at the iconic 2010 Fifa World Cup venue.

Fans stormed into the pitch, damaging stadium property, assaulting security officers, damaging television broadcasting equipment as they wanted to force Komphela’s resignation.

Subsequent due to the ugly scenes, players from both camps as well as their technical teams, had to run for cover, but a female security guard was beaten and left unconscious on the pitch after fans violently assaulted her.

However, in his post-match interview, Komphela announced his resignation as coach and Motaung said they had to make a call as a club.

"We had to make a call and the coach had to make a call, but we are not enemies," Motaung reacted during the press conference.

"He's not aggrieved. It's only the situation that prompted us to make this call immediately,” said the football manager.

"We held sessions with the technical staff with myself and the chairman (Kaizer Motaung). We've had discussions,” explained Motaung.

"The reality is the coach was not safe, players were not safe, I'm not safe... But I'm safe,” said Kaizer Motaung’s son.

Meanwhile, Motaung said that he will sit on the bench when asked on who will carry the fort until the end of the current term where Chiefs will meet Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium, Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium and Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

However, the club released a statement explaining that the appointment of a caretaker coach will be announced in due course.

Assistant coach Patrick Mabedi and club legend Donald Khuse could be handed the reins to wrap-up the remaining matches as they push for a top four finish.

“We have to take responsibility and accept that we are faced with challenges. We cannot allow the situation to continue,” added Motaung.

“We are worried about the safety of the players, the coach and supporters. We will make further announcements in the next few days,” concluded the boss.

Meanwhile, Saturday's scenes come on the back of a similar offence by Amakhosi fans at the FNB Stadium in their 3-0 loss against Chippa United in the league three weeks ago. The PSL has since fined Chiefs R250 000 but R200 000 was suspended for 24 months provided they do commit a similar offence.

The PSL has since condemned the acts of holliganism in the game, but is yet to announce what action they will take regarding the unsavoury scenes that took place after the final whistle..