Komphela’s agent says Maritzburg hold the key to coach’s future

2014-05-23 00:00

WITH Maritzburg United being lined up once more by Port Elizabeth and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the issue of coach Steve Komphela’s future has taken somewhat of a back seat as football fans in the Midlands contemplate the possibility of life without a PSL team.

But Komphela’s agent Tim Sukazi, who has reportedly been handling negotiations with Chippa, spoke to The Witness for the first time yesterday; two weeks after the news of the coach’s possible departure first broke.

According to Sukazi, there is no buy-out clause in Komphela’s contract with Maritzburg, as was originally thought. This means that no move could happen without Maritzburg’s authorisation.

When asked how long it would be before a decision on Komphela’s future was confirmed, Sukazi replied, “That is a difficult question to answer”.

In the meantime, both Chippa and United are going about preparing for next season without knowing who their man in charge is. “That is a disadvantage for all three parties concerned [Maritzburg, Chippa and Komphela],” said Sukazi. “Hopefully that will encourage Maritzburg to take the lead, initiate things and accelerate this process.”

But when asked if Komphela was the person with the power to take a decision on his own future, Sukazi said that things weren’t that simple.

“The decision doesn’t lie with Steve, not at all,” he said. “There are contractual issues at hand here.”

Sukazi added that while progress on a resolution may appear slow from the outside, things were moving as quickly as they could. “It is off-season and we must understand that,” said Sukazi. “All parties, including Maritzburg, are being actively engaged.”

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