Clinton Larsen gears up for Golden Arrows' clash with Steve Komphela's Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 8 August 2018 Time: 18:00
Golden Arrows mentor Clinton Larsen says Steve Komphela is a "wily old coach" that can handle the developments at Bloemfontein Celtic.
Cash-strapped Celtic, who have had problems paying players their salaries, are poised to change ownership - pending PSL approval.
Phunya Sele Sele nevertheless started the season with a 2-0 home win over Chippa United in Komphela's first game in charge. He previously resigned at Kaizer Chiefs in April under pressure from fans after failing to win a trophy in three years with the Soweto giants.
Abafana Bes'thende tonight host Siwelele at Princess Magogo Stadium looking to build on their respective 2-0 victory over KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United on Sunday.
"I've always said Celtic have got a good squad," said Larsen, who steered Celtic to Telkom Knockout honours in 2012.
"I think they under performed in the last two seasons in particular.
"Steve has been there for a while now and fortunately for them he has had the entire pre-season.
"We do know that they've had their problems but Steve is a wily old coach and he knows how to get around these issues, so we expect a difficult game.
"They're going to be pumped up. I think whenever as coaches we come up against our ex-teams there's always an extra bite to the game, and I think it's going to be the same against Celtic.
"But we are expecting a very, very difficult game against Celtic," concluded Larsen ahead of the 19h30 kick-off.