Newly appointed Swallows FC head coach Steve Komphela says facing his former club Mamelodi Sundowns will be a difficult game for him as he hopes to return the team to glory days.

Speaking to broadcaster Robert Marawa this week, Komphela said he is grateful for what Sundowns have done for him, but is looking forward to the challenges at Swallows.

“Sundowns has given me so much respect that it would take a lunatic to not be grateful and take the right processes in looking for advice. They have been extremely kind to me and I did consult with the chairman and the president about the proceedings about leaving,” he said.

Komphela’s first MTN8 game will be against Sundowns.

“It is going to be a difficult one for me. The first match is Sundowns vs Swallows FC, it’s not going to be easy,” he said.

“It reminded me of the scenario I had at Maritzburg, when I played against Swallows in the first game at Kaizer Chiefs and they were winning 2-0 and we had to find a way to win that match.

“Now I’m in the same situation with Sundowns, a club that treated me so well. But I need to take this moment to thank the Sundowns supporters, they have been unbelievable.