Maritzburg United appoint Steve Komphela as new coach

2014-01-06 16:30

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Steve Komphela has been appointed new Maritzburg United coach, three days after the axing of predecessor Clinton Larsen.

Club chairperson Farook Kadodia said today: “Steve Komphela comes with a wealth of experience having been part of the South African national teams, as well as coaching Manning Rangers, Platinum Stars and being in charge of Free State Stars.

“The club believes the acquisition of Steve will be of value to the leadership of its team and as a good brand ambassador for Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands.”

The 46-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the premiership strugglers and was unveiled at a hastily arranged press conference in Pietermaritzburg today.

He joins after parting ways with Free State Stars at the start of last month following their own troubled start to the season.

Larsen was sacked by United last Friday after winning just one match in a stint that lasted just 79 days.

Kadodia said: “As early as 2005, the club had aspirations of making Maritzburg the home for Steve. However, national team issues meant that Komphela had to cut his stay short after two weeks as he had to return to Safa.”

“We are proud to welcome him to the club and he will assume his work with the team immediately after meeting the players today.”

United went into the festive-season break three points off the bottom of the table in 14th place and finding themselves in a relegation scrap.

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