Steve Komphela admits Swallows did not train for 10 days

Steve Komphela has revealed that his Moroka Swallows players refused to train for 10 days in the lead up to their 2-1 DStv Premiership loss to SuperSport United on Friday.

Tendamudzimu Matodzi cancelled out Gabadinho Mhango’s 69th minute opener with his 85th minute goal at the Dobsonville Stadium, and Etiosa Ighodaro sealed the win with his goal a minute from time.

The club’s players are said to have reportedly downed tools following reports of unpaid salaries.

Speaking after the game, Komphela said in the Citizen: “I am trying to be part of the solution.

“I could have taken an easy decision to say I am stepping out of this, but do I help anyone (doing that)?

“Do I help the players, the team? This is what was happening every day. I reported to training, I was there to try and sort out the challenges, then the players would go back (home). There was not a single day I was not at work.

“For ten days we were not training, but I was there from morning to evening. I had to do my job. I was trying to solve the problem.

“I had to send a voice note to the players, to tell them to report for duty. It would have been bad not to honour the fixture. The result is bad but do you want to tell me what is worse? I will take a bashing trying to protect the game.

“We could have taken the easy way out and cancelled the match…but we are trying to solve the problem. Where we are at is a culmination of what has been happening. We can’t hide from this.”