Komphela appointed new Maritzburg coach

Steve Komphela has bounced back quickly into management and was appointed on Monday as Maritzburg United’s new coach.

He is the third coach of the season for the struggling KwaZulu-Natal club, who saw Ernst Middendorp go to Bloemfontein Celtic in October and then fired Clinton Larsen after just eight games in charge.

Komphela had been sacked by Free State Stars last month but is now in charge of his fifth different club.

His coaching career, which included a stint in charge of the South Africa’s under-23 side, has seen him work as head coach at Manning Rangers (two stints), Dynamos, Free State Stars (two stints) and Platinum Stars.

The 46-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with The Team of Choice. He took his first full training session with the team on Monday..

Komphela’s first task will be to try and restore confidence in a squad that has just a single win in their last 11 matches and currently sits one place above the relegation playoff position on goal-difference.

Maritzburg have also managed just 12 goals this season in 15 games, only bottom side Lamontville Golden Arrows (10) have scored fewer.

Komphela’s first match in charge will be an away match against University of Pretoria on February 5, before Maritzburg host Kaizer Chiefs on February 11.