Komphela regains sanity

Steve Komphela, who had a rush of blood away from the brain a few days ago and demanded that he be given two coaching jobs, has finally seen the light.

Steve Komphela, who had a rush of blood away from the brain a few days ago and demanded that he be given two coaching jobs, has finally seen the light.

The national under-23 coach resigned his full-time job with the South African Football Association to join struggling Premier Soccer League team Maritzburg United.

His shock resignation threatened to throw into disarray our preparations for next year's Olympics - and Bafana Bafana's plans for the 2010 World Cup. The under-23 side is a feeder team for Bafana Bafana.

Komphela had the nerve to suggest that he coach the Olympic team part-time, an idea Safa rightly rejected.

We are relieved that Komphela did not take leave of his senses for too long and eventually did the right thing.

Otherwise he would forever be regarded as the shamelessly unpatriotic coach who deserted his charges in their hour of need.

We welcome this triumph of common sense and wish Komphela all the strength he will need to make a success of his job.

He must give it all the energy he can muster. He can start by being more focused on coaching the national team instead of wasting time on TV commenting on the performance of other teams.

Komphela cannot afford to falter. The nation expects him to bring home nothing less than a gold medal from Beijing.

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