Komphela gets Stars' blessing
FREE State Stars have given Steve Komphela the green light to continue coaching the club as well as being part of the Bafana Bafana technical staff.
Komphela was roped in by the South African Football Association to serve as Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane's part-time assistant.
Breaking his silence on Komphela's appointment, Stars chairman Mike Mokoena said he had a meeting with the former Bafana Bafana captain to start planning for the new season.
"I met Steve last week where we agreed to continue with Steve as head coach despite his appointment to assist Bafana," said Mokoena.
"We were worried that his work with Bafana might affect the performance of the team, especially considering the 2013 Afcon finals and 2014 World Cup qualifiers are coming. But Steve assured us that his heart is still with Stars.
"I explained to him that I want to see Stars winning trophies. Gone are the days where we are just part of the Premiership."
Stars are still in with a chance of winning the PSL title, sitting in fourth place on the log, four points behind leaders Orlando Pirates.
"We have done very well this season. I still maintain we would be sitting comfortably on top of the log if it were not for the wrong decisions that went against us," Mokoena said.
"Reaching the Nedbank Cup semifinals was also a great achievement, we have to build on the solid foundation we laid this season."
Mokoena was full of praise for Komphela: "Steve has done a great job for Stars both as a player and coach. We are happy the two parties have agreed to continue working together for the success of the club.
"I made it clear to Steve that we will be getting an additional assistant coach (to Themba Sithole), we need someone with massive experience for that position."
Komphela could not be reached for comment.