Coaching has been described as a job reserved exclusively for those who have the thickness of fiber to stomach its ups and downs.
Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela who made the submission Saturday, noted that most coaches have been frustrated by the thankless nature of the job and challenged his colleagues at home and beyond to whatever challenges they face as part of the job.
Komphela who expressed pity for former Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp who was recently sent packing for failing to win the South African Premier league last season after topping the table for weeks, said no coach will be happy to come so close to lifting a trophy only to lose it at the last minute.
“I felt so sorry for Ernst, who could ever go through that? To be on top of the ladder for entire season with a gap of double digits and then losing it with just 30 minutes to go. It is indeed a reminder that football coaching is a thankless job,” he said.
Middendorp and his Kaizer Chiefs team which parades Super Eagles goalie Daniel Akpeyi were on the verge of ending a five season title drought when the dream crashed like a pack of cards after the pulled a 1-1 draw against Baroka in the final day.
The new PSL season original billed to re-start on September 22 remains on hold due to uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic which practically brought global activities to a standstill.