Former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, has indicated that he gave new coach, Steve Komphela, his backing before he left the club.
Komphela joined Chiefs after resigning from Maritzburg United in June this year. The 48-year-old became the first local fulltime coach to take charge of the Amakhosi since Trott Moloto in 1994.
Baxter has indicated that he gave his support to the appointment of Komphela when Chiefs where in the process of searching for his replacement.
“We didn’t have long debates about it, but in the one meeting we had I certainly threw my weight behind Steve’s appointment,” Baxter told Soccer Laduma.
“When they were talking about ‘casting their nets wide’, I didn’t see the point because I thought Steve was a good, sensible appointment. But it’ll take time and people need to have patience.”
“I spoke to Steve not long after I left. I was in London and he gave me a call and I think we spoke twice. We don’t have weekly contact or anything, but he knows that he can call me whenever he likes. Steve is his own man and he’ll get on with things,” he added.
Despite having a good run as Amakhosi's new coach in his first few matches, Komphela fell short of claiming his first piece of silverware after his Chiefs outfit lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8 final this past weekend.