Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has offered commiserations and respect to the fans calling for his head after just three games this season.
The Amakhosi supporters have already lost patience with their club’s head coach, who has failed to register a win in the 2017/18 campaign thus far.
Frustrations boiled over – not for the first time since his arrival at Naturena – following the team’s 2 – 1 defeat to SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.
A small section of the crowd chanted ‘Steve must go’ while others hurled insults as Komphela walked off the pitch towards the tunnel. This, however, did not trigger a hostile response from the former Bafana Bafana defender.
“Respect to them [fans]. Listen, there’s one thing you cannot do, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you, you’ve got to give them utmost respect,” said Komphela, before defending his ‘diplomatic’ stance.
“With regards to my diplomacy over the previous three years, I have always been diplomatic. It is not diplomacy, it is respect. If you have respect, you will never say things that are reckless,” he continued.
“In politics they call it diplomacy – when you want to talk ill about another country or politician in a manner that is respectable, that is diplomacy.
“When you twist a hand of the other president to come to terms with you, that is diplomacy. Power – soft power. Diplomacy – soft power.”