Zuma unsurprised by Celtic's start


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Tonight will see an eagerly anticipated Absa Premiership meeting between Chiefs and their former coach Steve Komphela, who is currently in charge of Phunya Sele Sele, at the FNB Stadium.

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Komphela will be reminded of the poor treatment he received from the supporters at his old stomping ground, after seeing out three barren seasons with The Glamour Boys.

However, things have changed for the former junior national team coach, who sees his current team sit pretty at the top end of the standings as the only side to boast a perfect start to the season.

Meanwhile, Zuma, who joined Chiefs from Celtic at the start of last season, is unsurprised by his former coach's and team's early purple patch, but hopes to kick-on from their thrilling 2-2 draw against SuperSport United last weekend.

"I must say it's going to be a tough game because we know the history between us and them, so it's going to be an interesting game," Zuma tells KickOff.com.

"The fact that they are number one (Ed: second on goal difference) on the log also makes it very interesting. Even last season, if I'm not mistaken, they started like this because the first half of the season they were in the top eight and then they started to collapse in the second half. So, I'm not so surprised but, we'll see.

"We played well against SuperSport, so we're really hoping that we will continue with the form and score goals."

Scoring is the one area coach Giovanni Solinas will be desperate to improve on, with three goals in four league matches certainly not signifying an expected title charge at this stage.

Although, Zuma feels just one convincing performance should kick them into the necessary gear to gain ground on the frontrunners, while a victory over Celtic will also bode well for their supporters.

"I think we must forget about our previous games and we know we haven't been doing well in the league, so we take it one game at a time," he added.

"I think once we win one game then the rest will come easier, so we're just waiting for that game that will give us the momentum – hopefully against Celtic.

"It's a home game as well so we must show the supporters what they can expect on Saturday [in the MTN8 semi-final second leg] as well."

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