Lehlohonolo Seema opens up about Steve Komphela's impact on Bloemfontein Celtic this season
Posted: 25 August 2018 Time: 20:00
Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach Lehlohonolo Seema says the difference between Steve Komphela's team and last season's which was led by Serbian mentor Veselin Jelusic is the ability to score goals.
According to Seema, Komphela's emphasis on tactical discipline has helped the club start the campaign with three straight wins courtesy of five unanswered goals in total against Chippa United, Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates.
"We've been really unfortunate in the season that we nearly got relegated," Seema told KickOff.com, referring to Celtic's 11th-place finish under Jelusic in the league in 2017/18.
"We have just been scoring goals. The difference is just that this season the goals are coming you know, and that is the difference at the moment. If you score goals you know you will win games you see. Of course we've got a coach with good knowledge of the game, and you can see the team is managed very well on the field of play. Tactically we play with very high tactical discipline and that credit goes to the coach that can manage players, and while doing that, being able to get some goals it's a plus for us. For sure, coach Steve has brought some good management ... you can see the highly tactical things that we are showing on the field of play."
Asked if Siwelele's players were better able to understand Komphela's English, Seema replied: "Look, it's not about English. I can assure you that coach Steve coaches in Sesotho, English, Venda ... he uses all the languages, it's not about English per say. It's about making the players understand what is required of them when they are on the field of play. He will try to engage with everybody. It's still a long way [to go], but ja we'll keep on working hard and not get carried away. And we'll see come the end of the season where we will end up. We are not yet the world beaters no, not yet. There is still a long way to go."
Seema added that the technical team have not discussed beefing up the squad.
"The coach will indicate if he needs to beef up here and there, but for now we have nothing. Like I'm saying, we've only played three games so we are still gonna lose matches. We are still gonna draw matches and we are still gonna win matches. So ja, the coach started a bit late. As we speak now we are two weeks behind in terms of preparations because of the problems that were there before. We know that we are still far from the potential where the coach wants us to be."
Phunya Sele Sele will play their next league game against Komphela's former team Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on August 29.