Steve Komphela quits as Kaizer Chiefs coach after fan violence
Steve Komphela has resigned as coach of Kaizer Chiefs after fans ran on to the pitch and violently attacked security officials in the aftermath of the 2-0 Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
Spectators at the 2010 Fifa World Cup venue invaded the pitch at the final whistle after initially throwing objects at Komphela and Chiefs players on the bench as it became clear that the Amakhosi were going to lose.
Congolese midfielder Harris Tchilimbou scored both goals in the first half – the opening strike coming after around 45 seconds to stun Chiefs supporters, and the second in the 34th minute.
Chiefs had a number of chances to score throughout the game, but were unable to finish, and the frustration boiled over at the end of the match.
Despite a heavy police and security presence around the perimeter, spectators managed to break through the cordon and ran towards the Chiefs players, and Komphela was escorted away by police.
In the post-match press conference, Komphela announced that he was stepping down with immediate effect.
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