Steve Komphela refused to comment on Itumeleng Khune's statement that the players struggled under his tenure because they couldn't understand what was required of them during the coach's three-year stint at Kaizer Chiefs.
According to Komphela, responding to anything related to his time at Amakhosi would spoil everything.
He maintained that he remained highly respecting and dignified, refusing to be drawn into comments made about his time at the Naturena-based club.
“Three years at Chiefs... I had the best of my time. I remained highly respecting and dignified. I am not going to spoil that [by responding to Khune's remarks]‚” said Komphela at the SAB gala dinner in Durban on Thursday.
The 51-year-old mentor also reserved his opinion on his successor Giovanni Solinas, who took charge of Amakhosi last week.
“I have always refused [to comment on my successors]; that’s why you [the media] have been hunting me to talk. I cannot commit an error today‚” Komphela said.
“It would erase years of dignity and respect. I have survived years of onslaught. I can’t commit an error today,” he added.
Komphela is currently back in the Free State province as head coach of Bloemfontein Celtic for the next two seasons.
He will be hoping to put his time at Chiefs behind him when the season starts, while for Solinas, this would be a completely new challenge, especially because the team is under immense pressure to win trophies.
Both coaches have already started preparing for the new season, with Solinas now hands on a week after joining the club.
The Italian tactician was in the stands when Chiefs played in the Maize Cup last weekend, and due to his unresolved work permit, he is likely to watch from distance when his charges take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup on Saturday.