Steve Komphela paints positive picture for retired paraplegic Wiseman Meyiwa


The news of early retirement for Meyiwa due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident came as a shock and heartbreaking news to every football supporter.

Komphela was asked about the tragic news on Saturday and described the situation – Meyiwa is now wheelchair-bound – as "devastating" but painted a brighter picture the youngster's future.

"It was devastating, it goes beyond football as it can happen to me and you anytime," said Komphela.

"I had a chat with the team and we asked ourselves what lessons we can learn from this heartbreaking situation. It could've been worse but God said 'no, I still have other plans for you'."

Komphela gave Meyiwa his Chiefs debut against Cape Town City during a hard time for him and the team, with so many demands from the supporters.

Now at Golden Arrows, Komphela spoke about how he insisted the player complete his Matric to get more opportunities in life.

"I remember speaking with Arthur Zwane, I told him that Meyiwa should continue with his studies because school is everything," he added.

"Education can give you more perspective about other things, it goes well with sport, it is powerful."

Komphela firmly believes that education will give Meyiwa another opportunity and even expose him to other areas within sport.

He added: "My advice to him is just go to school. I'm sure he will get support. He will be exposed to lots of things and can end up getting a different role in sport, because education is everything."