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Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela uses Apartheid analogy to explain early-season form

Posted: 19 August 2018 Time: 08:00

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela made reference to the liberation struggle in discussing his team's good results in challenging circumstances.

READ: Komphela: Don't be a coward

Phunya Sele Sele have had problems paying players their salaries and are poised to change ownership - pending PSL approval.

However, they have started the season in fine fashion with 2-0 victories over Chippa United and Golden Arrows.

Komphela, who took charge of Celtic in the off-season after resigning from Kaizer Chiefs in April, is hoping his men continue the good work when they host Orlando Pirates at Free State Stadium on Sunday (15h00).

"What has helped us, apart from challenges, are the results," Komphela said.

"It is very important to get results. The only problem is if you get the results at the back of challenges, when challenges move away from you, what is going to keep it together?

"To you at home it is a universal principle. If your neighbour is abusing you, you come together as a family. But if there's no opposition within the family you guys [fight] each other.

"The current situation in South Africa; South Africans are all over the place because we don't have a common problem.

"We defeated Apartheid, we were united. As soon as Apartheid came to its knees, there was nothing else to fight and we started fighting amongst ourselves."

With Celtic facing Buc this weekend and then Chiefs at FNB Stadium on August 29, Komphela was asked how he has prepared his team for back-to-back clashes with Soweto giants.

He said: "It's like a mother and father, you can't choose them."

Komphela dismissed the suggestion Siwelele have warmed up for the glamour fixtures with their opening two outings.

"What warm? You are facing an Orlando Pirates team that is highly ambitious.

"If you say it's a warm-up it means you are going to perform against Pirates. But yes, we are going to compete but accept that Pirates has pedigree.''

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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