Steve Komphela urges development of young players in the PSL


Steve Komphela has challenged coaches to be brave and give opportunities to young players so that we can see development in our football and change the lives of many.

Komphela is no stranger to giving young players their debuts in the Absa Premiership. During his time at Kaizer Chiefs he gave Siyabonga Ngezana, Wiseman Meyiwa and Bruce Bvuma their chance.

Speaking about the progress of Sanele Mathenjwa after their match against AmaZulu, he feels Mathenjwa is no longer a young player and anyone at his age must not be referred to as a youngster.

"He's a very talented player but we need to be honest, a 24-year-old player can only clinch three contracts of two years, there's no time, he's old, we should've seen him a long time ago," Komphela said.

The Golden Arrows coach was then asked what should be done to see more young players getting opportunities, and he challenged his fellow coaches to be brave.

"As coaches we must be brave. I know at times we try to save our jobs and pressure but we must move away from thinking 24s are youngsters, it's high time we assume the maturity of any player starts at a younger age," he suggested.

Komphela believes as coaches they contribute to changing human lives, and said the success of anyone in that role must not only be judged on trophies but also the lives you have changed.

"We are leaders of society, everything we do can make a huge impact in a human's life. I'm not a coach, I'm a teacher and an activist of change in the community," he preached.

"If there's no tangible success in football like cups and there's one in human life, then I'm happy. It's all about changing lives. Plant a seed and walk away."