How Steve Komphela relates to Jurgen Klopp


Komphela has been struggling to win trophies as a head coach in club football, something he shares with the current Reds boss, but he believes his time will also come.

Klopp lost a few big finals during his time in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund earlier in his career but last season finally won the UEFA Champions League with the Premier League side.

Speaking ahead of Arrows' Telkom Knockout match against Polokwane City this weekend, Komphela is aware that trophies have eluded him but is not letting it get him down.

"I've known that, I've seen that before, the same with Mauricio Pochettino [at Tottenham Hotspur], he's a hell of a good coach," Komphela said.

"I've gone through so many finals. I remember when I was with Manning Rangers in 2004 with six matches to go, fighting for relegation, we went on to the final of the Absa Cup. We lost to Moroka Swallows in Bloemfontein.

"You will always go there, but I get the same feeling like even when we won the Cosafa with under-20s. I'm a man of process. When things like medals and all those come without downplaying the success of other people, they do matter but they are not the ultimate. To me what is the most important is the process.

"Well, Jurgen Klopp said it himself that he has been waiting and wishes to thank his family and all those who waited, finally he got it and how long you will wait you never know, but it must not depress you.

"We are people of process and you try to make other people better, unless I'm a selfish person. Selfish people would say I should win finals."

The coach then went back to when he was still with Kaizer Chiefs, where things didn't go his way.

"I don't know how many finals I've been through, even with Kaizer Chiefs, we played the Telkom Knockout and what happened there? I've never seen something like that, we missed two penalties, we had plenty of chances," he recalled.

"Then look at the match with Free State Stars, how many chances, we had 15? But you can't look back, you just have to look forward and do your job."