Khompela not fired

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Khompela was not fired as reported in the media over the weekend. After careful consideration, management decided not to renew his contract as he could no longer commit himself fully to his Kaizer Chiefs responsibilities.

“He was not fired, but rather his contract was not renewed. Due to his national team obligations he was unable to dedicate full time, hands-on commitment to the team, technical staff & management,” said the management.

“We are disappointed with the remarks attributed to Khompela in the newspapers about the coach because all he said is news to us.”

Khompela’s promotion to a national coaching position should be seen as another example of positive development from Chiefs. “Chiefs don’t only have development of players, but of coaching staff too.”

“We groomed him as part of our local coaching development, earmarked to one day take over the coaching reigns. We wish him the best with his international coaching career.”

“We are not thinking about a replacement at the moment as we have Donald “Ace” Khuse and Farouk Khan from the Youth Academy. Khuse has been with the team for a while and Khan will form a crucial link between the academy and the first team.”

“The coach plans to involve all coaches from our development including Ace Ntsoelengoe on a rotational basis.