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No wholesale changes at Arrows for Komphela


Komphela is only considering strengthening one position in the team during this transfer period

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Steve Komphela (pictured) is not intending to make many changes at Golden Arrows during this transfer window. Komphela joined Abafana Bes’thende two weeks ago, replacing Clinton Larsen.

The former Bloemfontein Celtics and Kaizer Chiefs coach got off to a dream start, dispatching Maritzburg United 2-0 at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont in the KwaZulu-Natal derby this past weekend.

According to Komphela he is only considering strengthening one position in the team during this transfer period.

“I think for us one of the considerations has been the injury to Mbaeva (Max). He broke his nose and underwent an operation. Obviously you have to consider goalkeeping, what you have to do with it. Do you still stay with Sherwin Naicker and Gumede (Nkosingiphile) or do you go to your young kids for the keeper?

“These are some of the discussions that we are going through,” Komphela told the media.

Gumede kept a clean sheet in Komphela’s debut for Abafana Bes’thende. The Chesterville-born goal-minder is set to keep his place in the next game. It is unclear as to how long the injury will keep Mbaeva out of action.

Komphela will face his former club, Bloemfontein Celtic, in his next outing away from home this upcoming weekend; and as he prepares he still wants to give himself some time to have a look at the squad that he has at his disposal.

“I don’t think it is fair for one to start being aggressive because you have to work with the one’s that you have. We didn’t have some of the players that I thought will give us something.

“Cele (Nkanyiso) was not here, Mfece (Thabo Molefe) was also not here and the kid Magubane (Siphelele). Mngwengwe (Nkanyiso) also got injured. These are all the players that you want to have a look at.

“Strikers are difficult to find but again Joao (Moreira) has not been playing. It is good that he scored again. Mutizwa (Knox) started with Lamola (Lerato),” Komphela added.

Komphela heaped praise on the good foundation laid by the departed Larsen during his tutelage with Abafana Bes’thende.

“Clinton Larsen did a great job for the three years that he has been here. Obviously he is the one who will definitely say, no, no, we need that and this.

“We still need to have an assessment of the players that Clinton left. He left a good structure. Some of us coaches, we worked and when we leave, we leave the club in a dusty bin.

“He left the club in the condition where it can work on, and we appreciate that,” Komphela concluded.