Steve Komphela Trusting the Data to Show Him Moroka Swallows Are on the Right Track

Steve Komphela Trusting the Data to Show Him Moroka Swallows Are on the Right Track

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 4, 2023 at 2:25 PM
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  • Steve Komphela took over at Moroka Swallows at the start of this DStv Premiership season
  • Swallows are currently hovering just behind the leading pack but have two games in hand
  • The Dube Birds have a good defensive record after conceding the fewest goals in the league

The upward lines of the graph are to Steve Komphela's liking. Over five months into his Moroka Swallows reign, the seasoned coach is happy with the progress his team has made in building their style of play.

Preparing for a trip to Orlando to face the Buccaneers in the original Soweto Derby, the wise wordsmith elaborated on the need to trust the process.

Steve Komphela, Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates.
Steve Komphela has not panicked after the Kaizer Chiefs defeat and will trust the process as they go into their DStv Premiership encounter with Orlando Pirates. Photo: @SABCSport.
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Embracing the modern game's reliance on data, Komphela says the numbers affirm the work they have done in ensuring incremental improvements.

Aiming to lay solid foundations before making more substantial strides in coming seasons, the 56-year-old wants a brand of football he and the Dube Birds can be proud of.

Speaking to TimesLive, he said:

"Can you play a game that people want to buy a ticket and watch Moroka Swallows? With the utmost humility, I think you can tick that box."

Komphela wants Shallows to be 'ruthless'

Swallows have not lost away from home but Komphela stressed the need to be 'ruthless' back in Dobsonville. Despite the loss to Kaizer Chiefs and how the goal was conceded, Goal quoted the coach's refusal to change direction:

"If as a coach, you panic, your players are going to panic. You have to stay true to your identity and to the process. You must be courageous."

Komphela relayed that the team has a goal of averaging of two league points per game. As well as the fixture against Pirates, Swallows have four more matches to close the year out on 16 games.

Currently on 18 points, at least three wins and a draw from their final 2023 fixtures would have them within touching distance of that average.

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Steve Komphela's quirky advice for Keenan Phillips

Sports Brief also recently reported on the words offered by Steve Komphela after a defensive mistake.

Keanan Phillips' stray pass led to Kaizer Chiefs' only goal of the game to consign Swallows to a defeat.

After the match, Komphela used the grocery store as a source of inspiration to console the young man.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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