Steve Komphela has been named the new head coach of the DStv Premiership club, Swallows FC. Swallows announced the deal on Sunday, which will see the former Kaizer Chiefs coach take charge of the Birds’ reins from Musa Nyatama. Nyatama will now serve as his assistant coach along with Ditheko Mototo.
The Soweto giants have acted to appoint Komphela on an undisclosed length of contract. Komphela left his assistant role at Mamelodi Sundowns to take charge of the Swallows’ main seat.

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“Swallows FC is thrilled to announce the appointment of Coach Steve Komphela as the Head Coach of Swallows FC. He will be assisted by Musa Nyatama together with Ditheko Mototo,” Swallows’ statement reads.

“We want to take Swallows FC to the next level, and we are very excited to have attracted the services of Coach Komphela.

“We appreciate the professional manner in which Mamelodi Sundowns FC managed these negotiations, Coach Musa Nyatama remains a special pillar of our team and his willingness to learn and work closely with an experienced Coach like Steve Komphela is highly appreciated.”

Steve Komphela has been appointed as the new Swallows FC coach
Steve Komphela with Musa Nyatama

A NEW TASK AWAITS STEVE KOMPHELA AT SWALLOWS FC

“The two Coaches met last night to celebrate Coach Komphela’s birthday, and they were both excited to work together and take Swallows FC to higher levels.”

Meanwhile, Sundowns have also wished Komphela success with his new job.

“Steve Komphela served Mamelodi Sundowns with loyalty and devotion and will always be a member of the Mamelodi Sundowns Family. We wish him everything of the best,” said Sundowns Chairman Tlhopie Motsepe.

By Clifton Mabasa

Swallows coach Musa Nyatama and Cape Town City forward Khanyisa Mayo scooped the DStv Premiership monthly awards for May 2023. Mayo was voted player of the month while Nyatama scooped the coach of the month. Nyatama closed off a great season for Swallows after being appointed as interim coach of the PSL side. 

He had a dream end to the league campaign at the club from fighting relegation to an incredible securing a Top 8 finish on the last day. Swallows were the only club that won all their matches in the month of May. 

MUSA NYATAMA STEERING THE SHIP 

This includes away victories over Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM as well as Marumo Gallants at home. Nyatama becomes the first Swallows FC coach to win the award, after Brandon Truter two seasons ago.

KHANYISA MAYO IN TOP FORM

Meanwhile, Mayo stood out for the judges owing to his sterling contribution during this final month of the season. The two goals he scored secured him a joint-league top goal-scorer award alongside Peter Shalulile. 

Cape Town City finished the season better than they began, eventually securing a 4th-place finish. Its a first-ever 

Nyatama and Mayo both win their first-ever monthly individual award in the DStv Premiership for both Mayo and Nyatama. They will each receive a trophy and R7 000 courtesy of league sponsors, DStv.

Musa Nyatama, Khanyisa Mayo scoop DStv Premiership monthly awards
Swallows coach Musa Nyatama

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Judges: BBK Kortjaas [Sunday Times, convenor], Julia Stuart [SuperSport TV], Brian Letsogo [Motsweding FM], Tshililo Nelufule [PhalaPhala FM], Ofhani Munyai [FARPost].

Previous winners of the DStv Player and Coach of the Month Awards

August

Melusi Buthelezi (TS Galaxy)

José Riveiro

(Orlando Pirates)

September/October

Salim Magoola (Richards Bay F.C.)

Gavin Hunt (SuperSport United)

December/January

Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Rhulani Mokwena (Mamelodi Sundowns)

February/March

Iqraam Rayners (Stellenbosch FC)

Rhulani Mokwena (Mamelodi Sundowns)

April

Iqraam Rayners (Stellenbosch FC)

José Riveiro

(Orlando Pirates)

May

Khanyisa Mayo (Cape Town City)

Musa Nyatama (Swallows FC)

Swallows FC have emerged victorious after a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in a DStv premiership clash at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on Monday afternoon.

The hosts started off well in the first few minutes into the game however it was Swallows who drew first blood courtesy of Gregory Damons who scored from a rebound after his initial shot was blocked by the keeper Itumeleng Khune to make it 1-0 to Swallows.

Kaizer Chiefs looked more alive after conceding and put more pressure on the visitors and it eventually paid off as Christian Saile levelled the matters in the 23rd minute into the first half thanks to Mdu Tshabalala’s free kick 1-1 it was.

The hosts looked as if they turned the corner however Swallows FC took the lead in the 33rd minute through Orlando Pirates loanee Bongani Sam from a set piece after Amakhosi’s defence failed to clear and left Itumeleng Khune exposed.
Amakhosi went to the break trailing as they couldn’t manage to find the equalizer.

Swallows dispatch Kaizer Chiefs on Workers Day 
Swallows dispatch Kaizer Chiefs on Workers Day 

The second half started off on a high note as the host launched attacks on Swallows FC to find an equalizer however Daniel Akpeyi produced two massive saves after denying Ngezana and Saile to keep the birds in the driving seat.

Ashley Du Preez also came close to levelling the matters in the 72nd minute of the second half however Daniel Akpeyi showed why he’s still the best keeper by far. The birds held firm and claimed a great win away from home.

SWALLOWS CLIMBED INTO THE EIGHTH SPOT ON THE LOG STANDINGS

The Birds claimed a remarkable win over Kaizer Chiefs and are currently sitting pretty inside the top 8 and they could still finish in a better position if they win their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour. Their next DStv premiership fixture is on the 13 May away to Royal AM.

KAIZER CHIEFS REMAIN FOURTH DESPITE THE LOSS

Despite the loss, Kaizer Chiefs are still fourth on the log standings and will be turning their focus on their rivals Orlando Pirates this Saturday in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals. Amakhosi are under immense pressure to deliver as this is the only silver they can salvage and play continental football next season.  

By Sebastian Maite

Stellenbosch FC returned to winning ways after thumping Swallows FC 3-0 in a DStv Premiership match at Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday evening to add more woes for the troubled club.

It was Swallows who started off to a great start as early as in the fifth minute. Waseem Isaacs’ long range was tipped off by Sage Stephens at the top left corner.

The hosts held a few of their own which saw Junior Mendieta fail to keep his shot down from outside the box. Stellies got a golden opportunity through a striker Rayners. But he spurned a great chance midway through the first half. He fluffed his shot after the ball fell on his feet inside the box.

However, the striker made amends after he met Mendieta’s cross into the box. He put the hosts ahead in the 29th minute slotting home past Akpeyi.

MORE WOES FOR STRUGGLING SWALLOWS

Swallows FC nearly hits back 11 minutes later as Waseem Isaacs who got on the end of Kwanda Mngonyama’s cross failed to hit the target. He saw his header being saved by Stephens. The first half was closing in as both teams went to a break with the hosts taking a slender lead thanks to an on-form striker Iqraam Rayners.

STELLENBOSCH CONTINUES TO PRESS

The home side continued where they left off in the second half. They almost hit back through Fawaaz Basadien who was denied by Daniel Akpeyi inside the box in the 48 minutes. Stellies doubled their lead through Iqraam Rayners in the 59th minute. He slotted past Akpeyi from the bottom left corner from range just before the hour mark.

The hosts continued to ask more questions. This time it was Devon Titus who got into action six minutes later with a strike from inside the box. But this time Akpeyi dealt with the ball very well. Rayners failed to get his hat trick as he got his chance fluffed off.

The visitors on the other side were trying to get into the game as Waseem Isaacs was unable to beat Stephens. This was from a header from Nicholus Lukhubeni’s cross.

STELLIES CLAIMS SIX SPOT ON THE LOG

The hosts sealed the game with only 10 minutes remaining. This is after a great work by Rayners who turned into a provider and set up Jabaar who made no mistake and scored a third goal of the night. They move up to sixth in the DStv Premiership log.

Former Chippa United coach Morgan Mammila has joined Swallows FC as their technical advisor following the departure of head coach Ernst Middendorp.

The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor, Middendorp has since ditched the Dube Birds to take a job at relegation-threatened German third division team, SV Meppen. Swallows had put Musa Nyatama as the caretaker coach until the end of the season.

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Mammila had emotionally announced his retirement from coaching after he was sacked by Chippa United towards the end of February after a poor run of results.

Mammila, a football administrator standout who turned to be a coach, has represented the bitter Chilli Boys during his short stint as he made his presence felt, winning four league matches in a row that saw him become the first coach at the club to do so.

SWALLOWS ROLE EXPLAINED

Mamila’s football advisor job gives him input around technical aspects of the game—his role is likely to be to provide advice on all football and performance matters, as well as developing stronger links between Nyatama and his troops.

In a short statement, Maswai-Swai stated: “Swallows FC would like to welcome Morgan Mammila as a Technical Advisor to the Dube Birds.”

After the Germany-man departure, Swallows played only one game under the guidance of Nyatama – where they lost 1-0 to Golden Arrows before the international break.

Swallows sit 14th in the DStv Premiership table with 24 points. A point behind former Mamila’s Chippa United as they have accumulated 25 with seven games to go.

By Clifton Mabasa

Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs will play three of their DStv Premiership home matches at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane this season.

This follows an agreement they reached with the Polokwane Municipality.

The confirmed fixtures will be against Royal AM on Sunday, 29 January. Lamontville Golden Arrows on Sunday 19 February and Swallows FC on 2 May 2023.

AMAKHOSI CONFIRM

“We are delighted to be back in the province of Limpopo and the city of Polokwane in particular, where we enjoy great support,” said Kaizer Chiefs.

 “We are looking forward to three exciting games with a full stadium. The club remains confident that the people of Limpopo will come out in numbers because they love Amakhosi.

“Their support proved key in the past when we lifted the league trophy with the New Peter Mokaba as our home venue. We hope that history will be repeated when we play at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium again.”

Kaizer Chiefs players
Kaizer Chiefs players

Chiefs have also confirmed that the deal with the Municipality is for the next three seasons.

“We believe in long-term agreements. Being in Polokwane for three years means we will be working with the municipality to achieve our goals or promoting sport. Particularly football in the city.”

Chiefs played some of their home games in Polokwane between 2011 and 2015 during which the team lifted four trophies.

POLOKWANE DELIGHTED TO HOST KAIZER CHIEFS

“Having Kaizer Chiefs to Polokwane is a strategic move as we know the economic impact it will have. We know the games will boost tourism with many people traveling to Polokwane. The City also know that jobs will be created. Small businesses standing to benefit from this,” says Polokwane City Manager Thuso Nemugumoni.

“We are looking forward to having Kaizer Chiefs playing their home games in the city of Polokwane for the next three year.”

Tickets and kick off times for the matches will be communicated in due course.