Orlando Pirates defender, Thabo Matlaba, has indicated that Steve Komphela was integral in teaching him how to balance his defensive duties with attack.
Matlaba is well known for his goal scoring prowess from left back and he showed that in the Buccaneers' most recent outing against Al Ahly in the CAF Confederation Cup by bagging the third goal in their 4-3 win.
The 27-year-old explained how he learnt how to balance his defensive and attacking duties under current Kaizer Chiefs coach, Komphela, during the time they spent together at Free State Stars, before he made his switch to Bucs in 2011.
“I learned that during my time at Free State Stars under Coach Steve Komphela. He used to even play me as a left back without anyone playing in front of me as a left winger,” Matlaba told Soccer Laduma.
“So I would have to cover the whole left side, so I’m used to it and it has become my strength. If you want me to play as a traditional left back, then I’m not going to give you much and that will be a boring game for me.
“At the end of the day, the coach, my teammates and supporters will also get bored, ha, ha, ha! Football is about enjoyment and having fun, so if you take that away from me, then I’m left with nothing.”
Do you think that Matlaba is the best attacking full-back in the league? Who else do you think could give him a run for his money?