After knocking out his former club Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals played at Dr. Rantlai Molemela Stadium on Saturday, Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela believes the lucrative cup is there for the taking.
Buoyed by this victory, Komphela quickly sent a strong warning to the Nedbank Cup semi-finalists – Kaizer Chiefs, Chippa United and TS Galaxy – that the trophy’s final destination is Lamontville.
Arrows have drawn Dan Malesela’s TS Galaxy in Sunday’s semi-final draw, while Chippa United will host 13 times cup winners Kaizer Chiefs in the Eastern Cape.
Said Komphela, “Go and win it. Arrows have won the MTN8 before, so there’s no barrier, there are no restrictions that prevent Arrows from winning it.”
Having beaten his former club, Komphela said it while he was happy about the victory, there were a few things that still need to be sorted out going forward.
“We came here for the victory. We got it and of course we are happy. However, there are a few things that still need to be sorted out as we march forward and we will certainly give them the necessary attention they deserves so that we improve and do things the right way,” he noted.
Arrows’ only trophy in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) was 10 years ago when they won the MTN8 after they hammered Ajax Cape Town 6-0 at Orlando Stadium.
“Let’s go for it,” Komphela said.
“God willing, energy allowing, go as far as you can. Who has been given God’s birthright to win it? Who has been condemned not to win it? We will go in there and give it our best shot,” he added.
A dark cloud pursued Komphela last year in the semi-final of the same competition when he was in charge of Chiefs. He lost 2-0 to eventual winners Free State Stars at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Fans invaded the pitch and damaged the stadium after the final whistle. They were crying for Komphela’s blood. After the game, he was released by the club with only three games to go.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach, who has never won a trophy in his coaching career, came close to winning this cup in 2004 when he was in charge of Manning Rangers. But they lost 3-1.