Komphela: It's not hunky-dory


Celtic have been struggling to pay salaries for quite some time, with Komphela's charges hoping a proposed change in ownership will remedy the situation.

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Nevertheless, Phunya Sele Sele have been delivering on the pitch as they are fourth on the table with 14 points from seven games - two points shy of log leaders Orlando Pirates with a game in hand.

Komphela offered insight on how he is keeping his men motivated following their goalless draw with Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday.

"It's mindset, working more on how we see things, the mindset, the mindset. The mentality has to be different," Komphela explained at the post-match press conference.

"To be honest, we could not be oblivious where you think everything is hunky-dory, no. In as much as you look at facts and you are stuck on the way things are, where is you focus? The most important thing is to compete.

"The Celtic supporters, these guys are amazing, and that is another responsibility we have in terms of [saying], 'Gentlemen, in as much as we have our own little challenges here and there, the bigger picture is these people must feel good'.

"The feeling you got after the match when they [Celtic fans] called Thapelo Morena, [Lyle] Lakay and Hlompho Kekana, and Pitso [Mosimane] joined. The authentic applause that you see from them is crazy, it's unbelievable.

"It has stages where obviously they'll show some element of not being happy and all of that. But the general feeling, when you leave the field, when you go home, whatever challenges you have, when you think of them, you get energy.

"But from my side as a coach, you work on the mindset and that is the only thing that determines the outcome that we see. Without a proper mindset, without focus and seeing clearer and hearing clearer, then we wouldn't been where we are.

"It's not easy, but the most important thing is to stay focused. The results are coming and they're giving us more of the sweet taste.

"They give us the understanding that, 'listen, with more focus, you can believe more'. Let's look at the positives. Even when we are going through this, let's remain positive and focus.

"What is it that is more important? Play matches, you've got a contract, honour the responsibilities as a professional club."

Phunya Sele Sele will be involved in the Free State derby against Komphela's former club Free State Stars on Saturday at Goble Park.