Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela taking nothing for granted against Shakes Mashaba's Witbank Spurs

The Abafana Bes’thende manager is confident they can move into the next round of the Nedbank Cup, but is not underestimating the need for respect

Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela says they will respect coach Shakes Mashaba’s Witbank Spurs because he has always been a winner wherever he has coached.

The Abafana Bes’thende boss was speaking ahead of the Nedbank Cup clash between the two sides set for Saturday afternoon.

“They must have that (motivation) embedded in their system. Motivation is not a big thing because our preparations are the same. I strongly believe that how you do one thing, is how you do everything,” Komphela said.

Arrows registered five wins on the trot since Komphela’s arrival in Durban but their unbeaten record recently came to an end as they were beaten 3-2 by SuperSport United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) last weekend.

In addition, the ex-Free State Stars coach is working on motivating his players as they remain favourites to reach the next stage of the competition.

“If in the morning you wake up and you don’t do your bed, don’t expect to come to work and find your desk clean. When someone’s desk is dirty, you must anticipate that they did not do their bed. Small principles as human beings determine what values you subscribe to,” he added.

But the Nedbank is known to spring a surprise or two, and the former Kaizer Chiefs boss has called on his troops to respect their National First Division (NFD) outfit.

“Is it honesty, integrity, respect or professionalism? Whether the opponent is minor or major, you carry those with you so that you don’t need any motivation," he added.

“His character and personality - forget about the pedigree and experience which is immense - 'Bra Shakes' is a winner and worse we’ve seen the energy that you've been getting from Witbank Spurs in the matches that they have played under him,” he continued.

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“They can be direct, they play with purpose and those are the characteristics of 'Bra Shakes'. 'Bra Shakes' has always been the winner and it reflects on his teams, which then tells you that it is not going to be an easy match, but we are looking forward to it,” he concluded.