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Former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Steve Komphela said his decision to join Swallows FC was triggered by the circumstances at Sundowns.

“My contract with Sundowns was three years plus one, the year of an option,” Komphela told IOL.

“But with the head coach [Rhulani Mokwena] wanting his own people, you got a feeling you are not going to be part of the plans going forward. Thus, the Swallows adventure became appealing.”

Komphela justifies why he accepted a one-year contract at Swallows, instead of a long-term deal.

“Short-term contracts are part of football,” he said. “Even those who sign a 10-year contract, there’s no certainty. It could work both ways – because you want to impress you can complete the year with aplomb and get it extended.

“With a long-term contract, the danger is that it fills you with hope that you have a job, whereas a short-term one says you don’t have a job after this and work hard to pull off a miracle.

“You have to be realistic and acknowledge that you do not have a three-year term to be slow in your process of making a change. So, the impact has to be immediate but unfortunately in football, you don’t get that.”