I can’t work with Dr Khumalo anymore not here at Kaizer Chiefs

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Kaizer Chiefs:Steve Komphela explains why he chose John Paintsil to join him at Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes John Paintsil was the best option of all the coaches available for the assistant coaching job at Naturena following his surprise selection as second-in-command.

Paintsil was on Monday revealed as the man taking over as Komphela’s new deputy, having only retired last week following a long playing career that took him from his homeland in Ghana through to Israel and England before bringing it to an end at Maritzburg United.

“I have worked with John before [at Maritzburg United] and at Chiefs we all know that pressure is immense – you’ve got to be addicted to pressure, and there is nothing that is more perfect than winning trophies. Paintsil has the pedigree, he has been to two World Cups – in 2006 and 2010,” Komphela said of the former West Ham United and Leicester City defender.

Komphela had initially identified Mandla Ncikazi as a possible candidate, but couldn’t lure him away from his job at Golden Arrows.

“Paintsil has played in England for several teams, I worked with him at Maritzburg United, I know his personality, his character and his qualities, both technical and humanistic,” he said. “At the back of having gone through a lot of searching and identifying he came up as the candidate who topped the list and so we went for him.

“We are delighted to have him in this team and we are looking to add value at this wonderful club so that forever and ever it produces results.”

Paintsil, 35, has already armed himself with coaching badges and is excited at the prospect of the new job, held by club legend Doctor Khumalo for long periods in recent years.

“It has been amazing and a great opportunity to be part of the Kaizer Chiefs family,” he said. “Since I joined the team a few days ago I have a good feeling that I am not here alone, I will not be here alone because this is a family and I have seen great people around, including the chairman,” he says.

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Doctor Khumalo has denied rumours that he was moved from his position as Kaizer Chiefs  assistant coach due to him and the team’s coach not getting along.

On Tuesday The Star newspaper reported that the former Bafana Bafana coach had been moved from his assistant coach job to focus on youth development, as there was animosity between Khumalo and Komphela.

However Khumalo has rubbished the claims.

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“I understand why people would think Steve and I didn’t get along because this thing has been out there even before he arrived at Chiefs. But I can tell you that the plan was to always have me working with the youth, especially after Baxter left. The club didn’t want both of us to disappear because we had been around when discussions about a youth academy started. It was agreed that I would work with Steve for one season and then move on. This is a surprise to a lot of people, but not to me. I can also tell you that I never asked for the head coach job,” Khumalo told the newspaper.

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Speaking to Kickoff in June, Khumalo said Amakhosi had plans to develop young talent.

“We are kind of like embarking on a structure whereby we are going to have a five-year plan and we are going to be able to get four to five players that will be Kaizer Chiefs material,” says Khumalo.

In June it was reported that Khumalo was set to become the club’s technical director, which never materialised. The team instead appointed former Ghanaian footballer, John Painstil, as its director.

On Painstil’s appointment, Komphela said he was happy to be working with someone of his pedigree, who understood the pressures that comes with such a job.

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“I have worked with John before [at Maritzburg United] and at Chiefs we all know that pressure is immense – you’ve got to be addicted to pressure, and there is nothing that is more perfect than winning trophies. Paintsil has the pedigree, he has been to two World Cups – in 2006 and 2010,” Komphela was quoted saying onKickoff. 

He added that having worked with him previously, he knew him and what he had to offer to the team.

“Paintsil has played in England for several teams, I worked with him at Maritzburg United, I know his personality, his character and his qualities, both technical and humanistic,” he said. “At the back of having gone through a lot of searching and identifying he came up as the candidate who topped the list and so we went for him.komphela

Komphela Clears Up Doctor Rumours

New Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela discussed his relationship with Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo following his appointment at the club.

Komphela revealed that Khumalo called him after he landed in Johannesburg on the back of media reports suggesting that the two would not work together.

At Chiefs’ press conference this morning, Komphela said, “Yah, it happen when I just arrived at the airport I received a phone call from a number I know, even from the top of my head, and he said “bhuti ngizwa kuthi ngeke usebendze Nami?” (brother I hear that you won’t be working with me).

“And that call was from Doctor Khumalo. I told him that I have known him for a long and when Muhsin Etrugral was the coach I was there and Doctor was playing.

“I have played with him and I will do whatever Chiefs want me to do. I have no problem working with Doctor. But we haven’t yet met as a technical team. But I am ready to work with him.”

While Komphela admitted that he would work with Khumalo, he did not clearly indicate whether or not he may bring in his own additional technical staff to assist.

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