This was disclosed to KickOff.com by Safa’s director of national teams, Barney Kujane.
Kujane disclosed that the former Bafana Bafana captain was due to arrive back in South Africa from Ghana on Saturday to prepare the squad for the friendly game against Denmark next week.
Kujane said that Komphela had been in Ghana on the invitation of the Bafana Bafana technical team, however when questioned about the role the Under-23 coach was playing at the Afcon tournament, the official said he had ‘no clear idea’ as to what Komphela was doing there.
Kujane says he has been surprised by the number of calls he has received from media asking whether Komphela was still the coach of the Under-23 squad.
“You are not the first person to call me about this. Only a few minutes ago I received a call from another journalist asking whether Komphela was still the Under-23 national team coach.”
“Komphela is still in charge of the squad. He is presently in Ghana but I am not sure what role he is playing there.I have been communicating with him with regards to the preparations for the game against Denmark next week and I can tell you he is expected to be back in the country tomorrow. He will join the squad for camp on Sunday.”
Asked on the decision to call up Ajax Cape Town midfielder Clifford Ngobeni despite the player carrying a long term injury, Kujane said they were only made aware of Ngobeni’s injury after the announcement of the team.
“I have already spoken to Komphela about the injury to Ngobeni and he said he will find a replacement when he arrives back tomorrow.”
Last week KickOff.com reported that Komphela and Mamelodi Sundowns were involved in talks over his possible move to head the Brazilians’ Youth Academy.
However, after those talks fell through, unconfirmed reports filtered in that Komphela would be taking over at the Dumisani Ndlovu-owned Western Province United when he returned from Ghana.
Komphela was linked to Benoni Premier United and their boss on more than one occasion last season.