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A week is a long time in football, as it is commonly stated, and for Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia the past seven days has seen some uncertainty ironed out, allowing the club to now plan ahead for the new season.
The future of coach Steve Komphela had been in doubt for most of the off-season after he was strongly linked with National First Division (NFD) champions Chippa United, while a move to Port Elizabeth was also on the table after an offer from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
However, Komphela has committed his future to the club, while the Team of Choice confirmed on Monday that the offer to relocate to the Eastern Cape had been rejected.
“Any uncertainty has been calmed now that Steve has confirmed his stay,” Kadodia told PSL.co.za. “Obviously it has taken away a lot of pressure and we no longer need to be wary about the situation.
“So we’re happy that his future has been resolved and we can now look forward to some planning for the new season.”
With Komphela’s future uncertain for most of the off-season, it has made planning difficult for the new season, especially on matters like the make-up of the squad for the new campaign.
United, who began pre-season last week, ended the Absa Premiership in 10th position last season having flirted with relegation for a large part of the campaign.
“After a lot of speculation and rumours in the media, the meeting between the chairman and the coach yielded the much desired results to see Steve remain in the City of Choice to continue with the good work from last season,” marketing and communications manager, Brian Zuma, said.
“The coach has assured the chairman of his commitment to his contract with the club.”
Meanwhile, Kadodia also confirmed that the bid to try and lure his team to PE had been resisted.
“It was a very tough decision to make, but eventually the board felt that with all the effort put into this city, it would be best for Maritzburg United to remain in Pietermaritzburg,” the club chief said.
An offer in the region of R36-million over three years had reportedly been tabled to United, who have, in the recent past, been taking some of their higher profile games to Port Elizabeth.
Kadodia pointed out that it was not something they had pursued, with the offer instead coming from the Eastern Cape.
And he noted that such offers will continue to come and will probably continually be considered in light of the financial climate.
Maritzburg will again be without a title sponsor in 2014/15 and Kadodia added: “It’s tough to compete at any level without a sponsor and trying to get into that top five or six will be very difficult without the right financial backing.
“This is not just the case for Maritzburg, but other clubs as well without a sponsor.”
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