Sundowns deny Komphela rumour

TSHWANE – Mamelodi Sundowns are pouring cold water on suggestions they are attempting to lure Free State Stars coach Steve Komphela to replace Johan Neeskens.

Komphela, along with former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane and Owen da Gama, have been touted as potential replacements for Neeskens, whose days are seemingly numbered after the “Brazilians”’ defeat to Platinum Stars this weekend.

Sundowns have now failed to win in any of their last eight matches, leaving them down in 15th position in the league standings.

Downs management was locked in a meeting yesterday and wholesome changes to the club’s technical structures are being anticipated, but spokesperson Kabelo Mosito preferred not to go into details of the meeting.

“No, we have not done that approached Komphela,” Mosito tells KickOff.com.

“This is simply not true. We have not approached any coaches and we will not be doing that. These reports are totally unfounded and baseless.”

Neeskens was reportedly summoned by club president Patrice Motsepe to explain the team’s dismal performance after the 1-0 loss to Stars.

Meanwhile, the first round fixtures for the 2012 Telkom Knockout have been drawn.

Defending champions Orlando Pirates will play Black Leopards away, following the draw at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, on Monday night.

The draw also produced a Tshwane derby, with Mamelodi Sundowns to play University of Pretoria.

The competition starts on October 17. First round fixtures will be followed by the quarter-finals on November 2, 3 and 4.

Semi-final action will be on the weekend of November 17 and 18 followed by the final on December 1.

Full fixtures: (The first team mentioned will play at home)
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic
Free State Stars v Golden Arrows
Ajax Cape Town v SuperSport United
Bidvest Wits v Kaizer Chiefs
Black Leopards v Orlando Pirates
AmaZulu v Platinum Stars
Maritzburg United v Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns v University of
Pretoria. -Kick Off

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