“Local coaches are less respected than their European counterparts”

Steve Komphela believes it is tough for local coaches to do well in the national team because they get less respect than their European counterparts.
South Africa reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals for the first time in more than a decade and there have been talks about whether Stuart Baxter has done enough to keep his job.
Komphela says the current Bafana coach has added value in the country and he has great respect for him.
“Stuart Baxter is a very close friend of mine, I worked with him and I have great respect for him. He’s one of those foreign coaches who have come here and added value, [but] there’s nothing wrong with our own people doing their jobs for their countries,” Komphela said.
“The only thing if you are local, you are going to face a lot of insults unnecessarily, because we think less of ourselves, so the minute the nation can have more respect for the nation itself then the nation shall respect its own and not forget.

“If you think Steve Komphela coaching Chiefs will earn him respect, my man you are wasting your time, and if Steve Komphela thinks going to Chiefs will make him recognised or appreciated for what he’s doing, that is right, he must forget.
“When you are moving there, you need to be strong. As a local it’s not easy, you must forget but we must keep on fighting.”

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