Morton happy to reunite with Komphela

2014-01-08 00:00

MARITZBURG United captain Michael Morton was yesterday very happy with the appointment of Steve Komphela as the club’s new coach.

Morton was part of Komphela’s national U23 side, and he felt that the appointment was a positive move by the club.

“He is a coach with a lot of coaching acumen, and having worked with him before, he is the type of guy who will get the best out of the squad,” Morton told The Witness.

He felt the club now had a good opportunity to make the move up the table. But, he added that they always had the confidence to turn things around.

“We were always confident. We know we have the quality in our squad. We just weren’t getting the results,” he said.

Having not yet have had the chance to work with Komphela in the two days he’s been with the club, Morton said he had spoken to him, and that the “guys were enjoying him”.

The skipper was an absentee in the Team of Choice’s last game of the year due to having undergone surgery on his ankle, and was hoping to recover in time for their first game of the year against University of Pretoria in the capital.

Due to the African Nations Championship beginning on Saturday, the club’s fixtures against Polokwane City and Komphela’s former side Free State Stars were rescheduled.

“I’m trying to get back before the first game. It’s been a blessing in disguise that it’s been pushed back,” Morton said.

The club also announced yesterday that goalkeeper coach Arthur Bartman had quit the club and opted to come out of retirement, accepting a contract as a playing squad member for Golden Arrows.

The news left United’s ’keeper Shu-Aib Walters, who credited the season he has been having to the former Kaizer Chiefs stopper, devastated.

“He’s polished me and has been the reason I have played so well this season,” Walters, who was also an absentee from training yesterday, told The Witness.

“I hope we can bring in someone close to Arthur’s calibre. He was my soulmate on the football pitch,” he said, adding that he wished him well with the Durban-based Abafana Bes’thende.

Club manager Quintin Jettoo said they would scour the entire globe for a suitable replacement.

“We are busy trying to find another goalkeeper coach. There are not many options locally, so we’re going to also look outside of the country,” he said.

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