Komphela: Nothing hurts us

Premiership

Celtic are currently one of only three sides yet to suffer an Absa Premiership defeat this season, but more importantly have registered the most wins in their five matches thus far.

Komphela’s arrival has sparked a dramatic turnaround for Phunya Sele Sele, who have so far beaten Orlando Pirates and drawn with Kaizer Chiefs to register one of their best ever starts to a PSL season.

The Free State-based outfit have recently come off a victory away to a stubborn Black Leopards side in Thohoyandou – a rare feat for many clubs. But the former Kaizer Chiefs mentor has already warned his charges against growing too comfortable with their form.

“We fought after the match [against Leopards]. We fought, and the fight was purely based on the attitude and mentality – their mindset,” said Komphela.

“We don’t want to be mediocre, and the reverse process of mediocrity to upright posture and effectiveness is to eliminate complacency, comfort and familiarity.

“They [players] should not be too familiar, they will be comfortable and in the end mediocre because of complacency. So, immediately we fought to get rid of the Leopards result.

“We got the three points, but there’s a lot of negatives that we went through [in the game]. At the back of a positive outcome, you point at the negatives – a human being can handle that.

“Because the level of confidence is so high that they need to be brought to mother earth, they need calls for emotional intelligence. So you want to supress and keep that at a stable level.”

Komphela also stressed the importance of his men remaining focused and professional as they strive towards continuing their duties on the pitch.

“When things are bad [players] should not sink beneath the table. When things are okay, they must not rise above the table, so you set a bar,” he added.

“That’s what we did [on Sunday] because we have another match over the weekend. Yesterday is gone, great performance with good resilience, but it’s done.

“We move on, we have 25 matches to play, nothing has been achieved yet. So it is important to have that level of understanding and focus.

“We are professionals. Nothing hurts us, nothing depresses us, nothing excites us. We are just robotic, we are based on the principle of effectiveness and efficiency.”

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