As supporters, we can only speculate as to what goes on behind the scenes at our most beloved football teams, particularly Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, who keep their cards close to their chest. However, it seems the supporters are starting to believe that the assistant coaches at these clubs might be making life more difficult for the teams, therefore hurting results.
Orlando Pirates have seen a huge turnaround in form since the beginning of the season. The boys are starting to play with confidence and have instilled some swagger back into their soccer. There are various possible factors for this: an in-form Tendai Ndoro, the return of goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, and, according to some supporters, the brief disappearance of assistant coach Tebogo Moloi. Soccer Laduma website user MGG06 is one of them.
"Good move Pirates did by getting rid of Tebogo Moloi. Having two 'head' coaches has never worked," he said.
To be fair, Moloi was not "rid of"; he is on extended leave from the club for personal reasons. It does, however, coincide with a turnaround in performance.
Many supporters believe a similar situation is at play within the Naturena village. It has been speculated by many that Doctor Khumalo's position in the team is permanent, proved by the fact that he was there before Komphela arrived and will probably still be there long after Komphela has departed.
This was expressed in a Get Published article by Levy Madibana, who bemoans the fact that Komphela was not allowed to bring in his own assistant to work with. There is a general sentiment that the amount of respect Khumalo commands takes away from the possible respect Komphela should be commanding.
So this seems to be an argument of power struggles. As supporters, we like to speculate what goes on behind the scenes. We wonder if the players respect a certain coach or not, and whether or not this could be the reason they perform or don't perform?
Nobody really knows, but the feeling among the supporters of the two Soweto Giants is that, in Naturena and Mayfair, there are too many chefs in the kitchen.
Do you think Moloi and Khumalo's presence hurts the ambitions of head coaches Tinkler and Komphela, respectively?