Given Mashikinya claims Bloemfontein Celtic will be playing a better brand of football under Steve Komphela
Posted: 21 July 2018 Time: 11:00
Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Given Mashikinya believes they’ll play much better football under the guidance of Steve Komphela.
Komphela was recently appointed as Celtic coach after he was shown the door at his former club Kaizer Chiefs following three years without silverware at the Soweto giants.
"Everything is okay, there is no problem here," Mashikinya says when asked about the team's pre-season with Komphela.
"The coach is alright, he understands everything we do, he is a black person. So everything is on track you see. He knows how players behave. I don't see a difference that much because football is a universal language. It requires your actions, but each coach has his own philosophy of the way he plays. So the only difference is the philosophy, the style of play. This one wants us to play his way and the other one wanted us to do things his way.
"Our coach doesn't use defensive tactics to tell you the truth. For instance last season we relied too much on long balls, so this season is right because we can build from the back. He wants us to play football, so always when we play we have options. It's what he credits in his current style of play you see. Us as ball players, we are able to get involved. His style of play allows us to build up from the back, than to just kick it forward. And now we will be using second balls, so it's easy now because his style of play makes us play."
Asked about the club's quietness in the transfer market, the former Cape Town City man has faith Phunya Sele Sele’s management are on top of the situation.
"I think we are alright, it's the management who knows where we are lacking. I don't know if they can try to add there and there but for now we are alright.
"The coach is working with enough players. I promise our fans that playing-wise this season we will improve our position from last season."
Celtic finished 11th on the Absa Premiership log last season.