Steve Komphela will not be leaving Maritzburg United after all; the coach has committed his future to the KwaZulu-Natal club.
Maritzburg chairperson Farouk Kadodia confirmed that Komphela would be staying with Maritzburg United, though he would not reveal whether or not he was offered a new contract.
Komphela has been a source of constant transfer speculation in recent months after he was linked with a move to newly promoted PSL club Chippa United.
“Any uncertainty has been calmed, now that Steve has confirmed he is staying,” Kadodia said.
“Obviously it has taken away a lot of pressure on us as we no longer need to worry about the situation. We’re happy that his future has been resolved and we can plan for the new season.”
United communications head Brian Zuma said the meeting between the chairperson and the coach yielded the much-desired result.
“Steve will continue with the good work from last season,” Zuma said.
“The coach has assured the chairman of his commitment to his contract with the club.”
Komphela has declined to comment, but he is now hard at work preparing for the new season.
Eager to avoid last season’s near disaster when they flirted with relegation, the Team of Choice returned for preseason camp last week.
Meanwhile, Kadodia also confirmed that the offer to relocate the club to the Eastern Cape had been rejected.
The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality had dangled a juicy R36m carrot with a view to bringing the team to Port Elizabeth in recent months.
Instead, Chippa United will now be relocating to the Friendly City.