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Steve Komphela Offers Quintessentially Quirky Advice for Moroka Swallows Defender
- Steve Komphela has a reputation for using unconventional metaphors
- Moroka Swallows' Keenan Phillips was on the receiving end after an error
- Komphela was in a philosophical mood in consoling the young defender
The best coaches always know what to say and when to say it. Those playing under Steve Komphela are fortunate to be tutored by one of the most distinctively articulate coaches in living memory.
Chiefs' goal came from an error from Swallows' right-back, Keenan Phillips. The Dube Birds were committed to playing the ball out the back but got caught out in the match-defining moment.
Hemmed in on the right touchline, Phillips attempted to return a one-two with Andile Jali but Yusuf Maart intercepted, then sprinted 20 meters before feeding Chirtian Saile for the finish.
Speaking after the match, Komphela was composed as he delivered his cryptic assessment. After accepting those mistakes happen, SoccerLaduma quoted the coach as saying:
"If you're a man working with vegetables, you've got to smell veggies. If you're a man working in a meat market, you're going to smell meat. The culmination of the goal we conceded is because of how we wish to play, we don't falter anybody."
The 23-year-old Phillips had an otherwise promising afternoon as part of a solid backline including Keegan Allan, Vusi Sibiya, and Bongani Sam. Komphela considered the error progress, saying:
"You have to live in the here and now. Don't forget what happened, it's gone, it's in the past but the greatest growth happens in discomfort."
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