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THE R400000-a-month salary reportedly demanded by Steve Komphela to coach Platinum Stars could be the reason negotiations between the two parties have stalled.
The unforeseen setback is believed to have been the reason a media briefing to unveil Komphela as the new coach of the Tycoons in Rustenburg yesterday was cancelled at the 11th hour.
However, Stars chairman George Khunou yesterday denied the claims, stressing that the money factor was not the reason to delay the conclusion of a deal with the former national Under-23 coach.
He said there had been one or two outstanding issues that prevented the deal from being signed and sealed.
If Stars agree to pay Komphela the amount he is demanding, he will get a pay rise of more than 100percent on what he was getting at Free State Stars. He is believed to have been on a R150000-a-month salary.
Free State Stars' boss Mike Mokoena made his position clear at the possibility of losing the wily mentor to the Tycoons.
"Whoever wants Steve will have to buy him out of his contract, which expires next season," said Mokoena.
He stressed that he expected Komphela at the team next week for the pre-season training camp.
It has also been rumoured that SuperSport United's long-serving assistant coach Thomas Madigage has been roped in at the Tycoons to assist Komphela, but this was denied by Madigage last night.
Madigage, whose contract ends next season, said: "I have just returned from Moria [the headquarters of the Zion Christian Church] after spending four days there. I know nothing about my reported move to Platinum Stars. [But] I will meet my agent this week."
United's commercial manager Jose Ferreira also denied yesterday that Madigage was leaving the reigning Absa Premiership champions for Stars.
"If there is going to be any talks regarding him leaving the club, the interested party will have to talk to the club," said Ferreira.
Meanwhile, Free State Stars have appointed Ian Gorowa as assistant coach after the Zimbabwean sealed a two-season deal with the club yesterday.
This ended weeks of speculation that Gorowa was heading back to Ajax Cape Town to team up with Muhsin Ertugral.
Mokoena also confirmed that they had signed Manti Moholo and Goodman Sauhutsi from the University of Pretoria.