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New Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela on trophy ambitions

Posted: 23 June 2018 Time: 12:00

New Bloemfontein Celtic mentor Steve Komphela is steadfast in his determination to win the first trophy of his coaching career but is mindful of managing expectations at Phunya Sele Sele. 

Komphela, whose exit from Chiefs in April was expedited after fans ran riot following a Nedank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars, is back in business at Celtic on a two-year deal with an option to renew.  

READ: Seema unsure of Komphela implications

The former Maritzburg United coach took over the reins from Veselin Jelusic, who resigned at Siwelele amid reports he was having payment issues. 

While Celtic are for sale, preferably to a local buyer, Komphela's appointment is expected to precede new player signings ahead of the 2018/19 season. 

It is well known that ex-Bafana Bafana defender Komphela is yet to win silverware as a tactician and naturally he aims to rectify this. 

"I'm happy to be in Bloemfontein, who else wouldn't want to be here? Who else wouldn't want to be part of these green and white soldiers who week in, week out are singing? It's exciting and I want to have that experience as well," said Komphela, who was born in Kroonstad, one-hour car trip from Bloemfontein.  

"The ambition is that, one, Bloemfontein Celtic is historically a team with pedigree. They've won trophies before and they would want to go back and inculcate or draw on some of that culture.  

"But again, one has to measure your words that you don't start making too big a promise and you put everybody under pressure. Even though you can deal with pressure, but there's whole other stakeholders that you are putting under pressure. So I'll have to be very measured in my statement.  

"Personally, highly ambitious. Hard work, you can't question that. Structure, discipline, wanting to see things done the right way, I'm part of that ... that is how I was brought up, to do things the right way.   

"Work hard; they have to be completely disciplined and clear in everything you do. If you work hard there's clarity and discipline, things fall into place and it is just a matter of time."  

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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