Pollen Ndlanya: Kaizer Chiefs let Steve Komphela down

Pollen Ndlanya 1998
Ndlanya has come out in defence of Komphela, saying the club and the players let the 50-year-old mentor down during his three-year stint

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya believes Steve Komphela's tenure shouldn't be used as a benchmark to say local coaches aren't good enough to coach the club. 

The 47-year-old is of the view that Amakhosi should appoint another local coach now that Komphela has left the club.  

"They should not use Steve’s tenure as a benchmark for local coaches. They let him down. Many people will not agree with me, but Chiefs need a local coach who understands the culture, philosophy and mentality of our players," Ndlanya told City Press.  

According to Ndlanya, who played for both Chiefs and Orlando Pirates among other teams during his playing days, even Dan Malesela can do a good job at the Soweto giants. 

However, he wants local coaches to be given the same kind of support that their foreign counterparts receive in South Africa.  

"We must groom our own, empower them and give them the same kind of support we give to foreign coaches. Someone like Dan [Malesela] can do a good job. He has already proven himself with little resources,” he said.

Komphela had been under pressure from the first day he was appointed as Chiefs head coach in June 2015, and while he couldn't deliver silverware, Ndlanya believes the 50-year-old mentor did nothing wrong during his three-year stint with the Soweto giants. 

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Ndlanya said Chiefs need quality players more than they need a coach, adding that whoever comes in ahead of next season would still struggle if the same players are still part of the club.  

"Steve did nothing wrong. What was he supposed to do when players missed glorious chances like they did against Stars? Was he supposed to get on the field to convert those chances? There is no quality and that’s where they need to start," added Ndlanya. 

“As long as they still have the same players, nothing is going to change, but it starts at the top. Who is recruiting for them? Are these the right kind of players? Not everyone who kicks a ball can play for Chiefs. You need to get players who will make the difference and stand up and be counted,” said Komphela.