While some strongly believe that Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is skating on thin ice based on his failure to bring silverware in over two seasons at Naturena, legendary goalkeeper Joseph 'Banks' Setlhodi begs to differ.
Komphela's contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign and the former Bafana Bafana skipper is yet to hear from the management as to whether or not it will be renewed.
However, Setlhodi reckons the former Chiefs skipper needs some time in a form of a contract extension to build on the foundation he has laid over the past two-and-a-half years.
The man also known as Banks, told Goal that he believes the former Maritzburg United coach is doing something right, but needs to be retained so that he will win trophies.
He also previewed the clash against Baroka FC in the Nedbank Cup.
Heading to the Eastern Cape, Amakhosi will also be wary of suffering a defeat against coach MacDonald Makhubedu’s men as the Limpopo side emerged as victors with a 2-1 scoreline in the same competition back in the 2010/11 season.
“I wish I knew what will happen in the game, but hopefully I would love to see them win the cup, not for Chiefs but for Steve as well,” Setlhodi told Goal.
“Maybe he can go through to the semis. Nobody knows what can happen in the final. He can survive and save his dignity as Chiefs coach,” adds the legendary goalkeeper.
“There are no dull moments between the two teams. You will recall Chiefs were victims when Baroka were in the NFD 2010/11, and they are really showing us that it was not a fluke, but for me, Chiefs are not a bad team,” continued the retired keeper.
“I think they only need... I don’t know whether to say they are unlucky, they need to convert their chances,” he reacted.
“They need to score not only from open play but on set-pieces as well. When you look at them against (Orlando) Pirates, they missed three set-pieces and against (Bloemfontein) Celtic, they missed four set-pieces,” added Setlhodi.
“With Baroka, it will be tough because they don’t commit too many errors and they build their play from the back. I am not sure if Chiefs will manage to get a goal against them in that sense,” he noted.
Asked if winning the trophy will be enough to save Komphela’s job, Setlhodi said the Kroonstad-born coach needs time to prove his worth at Naturena, saying that a three-year contract is not enough.
“I won’t say it’s enough (three years). It took him so long to build his team, I would like to see him get a year (extension). They have changed a lot,” added the legend.
“He has made strides and has not registered too many losses because they only draw and that is down to the fact that they cannot score,” he explained.
“It is tough to say winning the trophy will save his job, but I do think that if Steve wins the cup, I would give him one more season to utilise what he built,” said the 70-year-old.
“If Steve goes now, a new coach will adopt a readily made team to win things and that would be unfortunate for him. I would give him another season to continue with the project,” concluded Setlhodi.