Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela has compared himself to late former president and struggle stalwart Nelson Mandela as pressure continues to mount on the embattled Kaizer Chiefs coach.
After an early elimination from the MTN8, Chiefs drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic in their opening match of the premiership season on Sunday afternoon.
This sparked calls for Komphela’s head from furious fans.
On monday, Komphela said he’s aware of the increasing anger from fans and he intends to soldier on‚ just as Mandela did in prison for 27 years.
‘‘In this job you have to deal with it tata‚ whether you like it or not‚” Komphela said on Monday.
‘‘In leadership‚ it is not always about getting sweet‚ sweet‚ sweet stuff. Look at any leader‚ even the late Nelson Mandela.
‘‘27 year‚ 27 years….. If you and I had gone through 27 years (in prison)‚ we would have probably committed suicide or lost hope. But he kept faith.
‘‘So if you are a leader and you have faith‚ for me listen‚ I take notice from such. And worse case scenario‚ if where you are you don’t get exactly what you think you deserve‚ it is preparation for the next platform
‘‘Acceptance of the challenge and live with it and say ’yes let me face the stick.’ You only get better through fire. And you could be preparing for the next platform which you don’t know. The Almighty has got our plans.
‘‘I am talking of the struggle and the challenge. Mandela’s next challenge was the presidency. How many of you thought that a (former) prisoner would be president? None.”
Nelson Mandela is a celebrated icon and stalwart in South Africa. Komphela likening himself to Madiba will irk the fans, Chiefs Management and South Africans the more. This could also shorten his reign at Chiefs.
Amakhosi will host Supersport United on Wednesday night in their next league match and Komphela will be under pressure to secure a maiden win of the season.