Maritzburg United coach, Steve Komphela says his side’s 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match on Wednesday night was written in the stars.
Substitute Khumbulani Banda scored the only goal of the game with his first touch in the 81st minute to hand Chiefs their second league loss of the season.
Speaking after the match, Komphela was his usual philosophical self and said his side’s win was justice served.
“If you exhaust all the means and ways of how not to win, the only option is to win and I think justice prevailed,” said Komphela.
“There is nothing as bad as when you find your house almost collapsing, when you know you had built a very strong foundation, but for whatever reasons you find that things are not working.
“It is about staying true to the cause, lots of patience and you have to be fearless – say things people don’t want to hear.
“When I said ‘if there is anything that has to happen to change things, even if it means I have to be a sacrificial lamb, so be it’, it was more like a shocking vow – it is a fact, in leadership there is an element of selflessness and that was evident today in the way the team performed, they put their bodies on the line.
“We had not been winning, they had been wining, and the substitute we made, the first touch becomes a goal – if it is written in the stars nobody can change it.
“Stuart Baxter has done a tremendous job, unfortunately it had to happen, a team that is not used to losing has lost against a team that is not used to winning.”