Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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22 Jan 2016
1:04 pm

Komphela calls on players to rest after games

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela, has called on Maritzburg United players to take the unexpected death of their colleague, Mondli “Sgora” Cele who died in a car accident last Sunday morning as a lesson and inspiration.

Steve Komphela, Head Coach of Kaizer Chiefs (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Speaking at the Cele’s memorial service in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday afternoon, Komphela shared some fond memories of the time he worked at Maritzburg.

“We used to call him Fantastic Four. I watched the game against Orlando Pirates, each time Maritzburg went on a counter, he was there in the box. He was very quick,” said Komphela.

“Sgora was such a respectful player. Each morning at training, he would shake your hand and greet you. Even when he missed a chance and you screamed at him, asking him ‘what the hell are you doing?!, he would raise his hand in an apologetic gesture and say ‘sorry coach’, and coach Mandla (Ncikazi who was Komphela’s assistant) would tell him ‘I will shoot that hand if you keep missing’. That is the kind of person he was,” said Komphela.

“As for the players I know how you feel. My submission is that how you feel right now must never be forgotten. He brought those memories. His passing should be the emotional glue that helps you stick together.

“Let his death be an inspiration to you as you try to get out of your current position. His death was an awakening. Can you wake up and realise that after a match you need to go and rest? That is a word of advice to you. A coach can never monitor you all the time. I am not talking to the family about this. It was not a mistake that he was there; even if he had been at his family home he would have died because his time had come. His death was perhaps so that he can be a lesson, can we take it?”

Cele will be laid to rest on Saturday after a funeral service to be held at Folweni Sports Grounds in Durban. The service