Steve Komphela: Five of the new Sundowns coach’s best quotes


One of the more famous Steve Komphela quotes could suggest that there are too many bathroom cubicles at Mamelodi Sundowns, following a major overhaul in the coaching department.

The former Bafana captain was confirmed as the latest member of the technical staff at the domestic treble winners, following long-time head coach Pitso Mosimane’s recent departure.

He will report to the club’s duo of joint head coaches, Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena as first-team senior coach.

Famous Steve Komphela quotes 

With three high-profile mentors pulling strings at Chloorkop, one of the former Golden Arrows boss’ famous gems behind the mic springs to mind.

Causing a stink

During his time at Maritzburg United, Komphela delivered one of his best quotes, comparing coaches to ablution facilities.

“We are the biggest toilet in the world. Whenever we want to relieve ourselves, it’s easier to get rid of the coach.”

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During one of his famous interviews, match officials also did not come out smelling like roses.

“It (refereeing standards) is purely rubbish and if you go through the rubbish then you will come out stinking. It is discouraging,” he said.

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On victory and orphans

Neutrals will be saddened by the fact that his new role means he will not have much of an opportunity to front up to the media, but many will hope he gets due credit for whatever success the club manages to achieve.

“Victory has many fathers but defeat is an orphan. If you have flour it doesn’t mean you have cake, you need ingredients.”

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Big fish in the sea

He has now joined the most successful club in the PSL era, a club he once described as a “great white shark”, due to its financial muscle.

“The PSL has rough seas and there are plenty of sharks, teams with strong financial muscle. We have already gone through two dangerous sharks. And on Saturday we face the Great White Shark. It will be very difficult, one has to acknowledge their strength but we confidently move to Saturday hoping that by the end of the match we will be smiling.”

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Going Biblical

Explaining why he is not the easiest person to understand, Komphela once compared himself to Jesus Christ.

In the olden days when Jesus Christ went through his lessons, he was never specific in his references, he would always use symbols, because whenever a symbol is used in a process where something has to be rectified none of us gets consumed. If I were to refer to someone and say, ‘Mfowethu umnyama (my brother, you are so dark)’ I would put it like that because I am, but if I were not, I would put it in a way that has respect in what I am saying.”

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