Pirates legend backs Komphela for Bucs head coach job.

As rumours have it that Steve Komphela is on his way to Orlando Pirates escalate, former Bucs captain Benedict Vilakazi is in full support of the move and believes Komphela is the perfect candidate to take over at Pirates.

Komphela, who is currently the ‘senior’ coach at Mamelodi Sundowns, which some see as meaning a glorified assistant coach to Rulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi, is believed to have been approached by the Buccaneers to take over as head coach, replacing German born mentor, Josef Zinnbauer ahead of the 2021/22 season.

However, it has also been reported that Komphela has a release clause to his contract at Downs, which is alleged to be around R28 million.

“uSteve is a very good, he has experience, he has been around and I believe he is one person who won’t just go to Pirates without analysing Pirates,” said Vilakazi.

“He will know where the club is lacking, where are they strong, where he should maintain, and where he should start from scratch to fix. He is the type of a coach who believes that before doing anything, he has to analyse. He will look at what happened at the club in the past seasons,” he added

Vilakazi added that Komphela will come with whatever he found out and bring answers to the problems at Orlando Pirates.

“The only issue here (Komphela joining Pirates) will be money, that will be the only problem because of his contact clause at Sundowns. But other than that, I don’t see anything stopping him from joining Pirates,” said Vilakazi, who was known as Napolean in his golden days.

Vilakazi, who is now 38, played for the Buccaneers from 1999 until 2007. He also had a stint overseas playing for Aalborg BK in Denmark, before returning home to play for Sundowns, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Black Leopards.

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