Steve Komphela: I am not on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns

Steve Komphela: I am not on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns

Moroka Swallows coach Steve Komphela has set the record straight on reports he continues to draw a salary from Mamelodi Sundowns as an arrangement to remove him from their technical team while still under contract.

The 56-year-old was appointed by the Dube Birds in July on a season-long contract with an option to extend, prompting insinuations the Brazilians had “loaned” him out to the Soweto outfit until the end of the 2023/24 season.

Speaking to SABC Sport this week, Komphela offered further clarity.

"When you are on loan then it means you have to go back to the people who loaned you but in all honestly, my contract with Mamelodi Sundowns was running for three years and three plus one and I am in that plus one. So, which effectively means after this plus one, I'm not on loan I'm free to move on," Komphela said.

Komphela has previously been quoted saying he’d sensed Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena wanted to assemble his own technical team soon after being handed a four-year contract in June, giving the ex-Kaizer Chiefs coach the impression he was surplus to requirements.

That’s when Swallows came knocking.

"Maybe the manner in which matters were settled left things because it was so cordial, so professional and it never left anybody with maybe bad language or negativity and all that. So, now it came across as if 'No he's just on loan' but it's purely because of the level of maturity on how Mamelodi Sundowns handled my issue and how I received the manner in which they handled it. 

So, the three plus one will be over and I will be jobless as soon as I leave Moroka Swallows," the coach explained.