You cannot bring facts that are truthful when the question is not…
Steve Khompela, the coach of South Africa’s most prominent football team, Kaizer Chiefs, will surely go down as one of the most skilful weavers of complicated English phrases amongst sporting coaches and perhaps amongst all of public figures.
This is clearly reflected in an interview he had after leading Kaizer Chiefs into a much needed victory against Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership game. The 1-0 win came after a dipping performance.
Super Sport presenter, Carol Manana, asked Khompela a question along the lines of: After what seemed like a disastrous start you’re now back with the pack at the top.
Khompela answers: “You can’t lie to mathematics. One plus one is two. One plus one can never be 11. That’s all one can say.”
And then Manana put it to Khompela: It’s not necessarily how you start but how you finish. It’s important that you finish on a high.
Khompela replies: “I appreciate your line of questions. You’re not putting a knife on my throat. Your questions are not poisonous. They simply reflect facts and truth and I appreciate that a lot. Because sometimes you cannot bring facts that are truthful when the question is not. Now we are led by these questions …”
Here’s to Steve, the phrase weaver!