Steve Komphela

Steve Komphela (born 1 July 1967) is a South African football manager and a former footballer and teacher. He is the former manager of Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs, and Bloemfontein Celtic. He is arguably one of greatest managers in South African history.[1] He is currently managing Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League.

Steve Komphela
Personal information
Full name Steven Mbuyi Komphela
Date of birth (1967-07-01) 1 July 1967 (age 54)
Place of birth Kroonstad, South Africa
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Klerksdorp City 80 (4)
1989–1993 Free State Stars 136 (14)
1993 Kaizer Chiefs 34 (5)
1993–1996 Gaziantepspor 86 (2)
1996–1997 Çanakkale Dardanelspor 17 (0)
Total 353 (25)
National team
1992–1995 South Africa 24 (24)
Teams managed
2002–2003 Manning Rangers
2003–2004 Dynamos
2004 South Africa U-20
2006–2007 Maritzburg United
2005–2008 South Africa U-23
2008–2009 Free State Stars
2009–2010 Platinum Stars
2010–2013 Free State Stars
2012 South Africa (caretaker)
2014–2015 Maritzburg United
2015–2018 Kaizer Chiefs
2018–2019 Bloemfontein Celtic
2019–2020 Golden Arrows
2020–2021 Mamelodi Sundowns
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2008
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 May 2008

Early lifeEdit

Steve was born in Golden Valley farm, 20 km outside Kroonstad to Jack Koyi Koyo and Nomalanga Komphela as the youngest of 11 children. He was nicknamed "Golden Boy of Kroonstad" due to his talent. Komphela became a teacher by profession after he got his teacher's diploma at Tshiya College in Free State. He was the top achiever in his class.[2] Whoever edits this page next try to put a picture of our guy Steve.

Club careerEdit

Komphela started out at NSL Second Division side Klerksdorp City[3] and later Qwa Qwa Stars where he earned promotion to the National Soccer League. He made his NSL debut on 9 February 1986 in a 4–1 win over Witbank Aces.[4][2] In 1992, Komphela helped his team to a third-place finish in the league and was voted the NSL Players' Player of the Year. He later joined Kaizer Chiefs where he played all 34 league games and signed a contract overseas on 16 August 1993 moving to Gaziantepspor for the second half of 1993/94 season alongside fellow South African Tebogo Moloi.[5] He retired in 1997.[6]

Outside footballEdit

Steve is married to Mamoepi Komphela, and together they have three kids: Nombuyiselo, Nomalanga, and Noxolo. He taught at the Johannesburg Secondary School but apart from being a life orientation teacher and a professional footballer, Komphela was also a TV presenter. He hosted his own talk show on television channel Canakkale Dardanelspor AS.[2][7] Steve was also approached by SABC to be the host of a Football talk show , but out of humility he rejected this opportunity. Aside from Football, Steve tutors the Mamelodi Sundowns youth team. He said the youth need brains to play football because "without brains a footballer is just a headless chicken chasing a ball". He also takes part in many youth uplifting programs.[2]

International careerEdit

Komphela is a founder member of the new national team of South Africa. He made his debut on 7 July 1992 in a 1–0 win over Cameroon. On 24 October 1992 against Congo, his 7th cap, he captained the team in its second ever World Cup qualifier. He played every minute of the first 22 internationals. He captained the team for the 18th and last time in a 2–2 draw against Zambia on 22 November 1995 which was his 24th cap.[8] Having played almost half of the team's internationals up to December 1995. He was not selected for the 1996 African Cup of Nations for obvious reasons.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Kompela began his coaching career with Manning Rangers F.C. in 2002. Between 2002 and 2015, he coached several clubs, in which he all worked for a single season. In 2015, he joined Kaizer Chiefs F.C. for a 3-year contract. Failing to win any trophy since his arrival at Kaizer Chiefs, he was forced to resign before the end of his contract. This followed after Kaizer Chief's fans were launching violent protests against him in every match. In July 2018, he was announced to have joined Bloemfontein Celtic which was undergoing financial struggles at the time. Kaizer Chiefs almost ruined steve Komphela's career after almost 3 years. Several fans were uttering negative comments about him on most Social Media platforms, mainly blaming him for Kaizer Chiefs's inability to win trophies. But at the end of the day you can understand why the fans got angry. Following his departure from the Kaizer Chiefs, the team however, started winning games shortly after he left, and are currently top of the table. Shortly after he started his new career with Bloemfontein Celtic, he started the 2018-19 Premier Soccer League league with a huge surprise. He won the first six consecutive league games. Perhaps a biggest upset, at least to his haters, was when he managed to get a 2–2 draw against Kaizer Chiefs, after which his team was down to 2–0 at one point later in the second-half. He also showed his deadly combination when managed to beat Orlando Pirates in that first leg of the season. He is looking forward to build his name after a hardship at Kaizer Chiefs. He managed Golden Arrows but ironically he resigned a day before he was announced as the new Mamelodi Sundowns coach. He was announced to coach Mamelodi Sundowns by the club's official twitter on Monday 12 October 2020.[9]


  1. ^ "CONFIRMED: Coach Komphela joins Kaizer Chiefs from Maritzburg United". Kick Off. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Steve Komphela is made of stern stuff". Sport. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Soccer - SportsClub". SportsClub. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Kickoff". December 2015 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Gaziantepspor (93/94)". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Steve Komphela". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ Gleeson, Mark. "Homeboy kicks off new Chiefs era". The M&G Online. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. ^ "South Africa - International Matches 1992-1995". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  9. ^ @Masandawana (12 October 2020). "Coach Steve Komphela joined the Brazilians at training this morning" (Tweet) – via Twitter.