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Komphela: Don't be a coward

Posted: 10 August 2018 Time: 09:40

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela says the club's off-field issues have brought the players closer together.

Cash-strapped Phunya Sele Sele, who have had problems paying players their salaries, are poised to change ownership - pending PSL approval.

However, Celtic have started the season strongly under new coach Komphela with 2-0 wins over Chippa United and Golden Arrows.

"One thing we came to understand is that we have to use more of our heads, focus on the positive ... All what happens in the human life, no matter how you see things, it's purely based on what you see and what you hear," Komphela told reporters after the midweek victory over Arrows, which came via goals either side of the break from Tshegofatso Mabaso and Kabelo Dlamini at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu.

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"But as soon as you see that and what you hear it gets registered in your mind in a negative way, then your attitude changes to be negative.

"All that we're seeing, we're hearing. We accepted it and we put it aside and looked at what is it that we need to do: just focus on the job at hand and look at the positive.

"The positive out of that situation is that it brings us together; we suffered together.

"The team itself, they are together these boys and you can see they are prepared to share the joy and the pain. When the team plays that way it makes your life easy.

"What you need is just to see things happening in the game to try and assist. I'm happy that they're prepared to fight as a unit.

"Sometimes at the back of the setback you look, 'Hey gents, let's be united and solve this'. But when everything is okay, there's an element of everyone doing things on their own, but this has brought us together."

Regarding his approach in a challenging environment, the former Kaizer Chiefs coach said: "You take the bad and you make it good, because if you look at a bad situation as a leader what do you do?

"Leadership is about changing situations; getting in there when they hire you because things are not in place. If everything was okay you didn't need to be hired. So go in there and bring the change you want to see.

"So that calls for leadership. Get in and of course people will talk. They'll tell you, 'Where are you going? How can you get in there?'

"Listen, the job is vacant because there's a problem there. So get in there and if you have luck, the energy and everyone around you hears what you are saying. Then you get in there and work, you get the results.

"You don't have to be a coward. Leaders are made to solve problems, not to be part of solutions."

Komphela's side next host Orlando Pirates at Free State Stadium on August 19.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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