Celtic’s 3-2 loss to Cape Town City over the weekend made it four losses in a row for Siwelele, who finish 2018 seventh on the log despite their rip-roaring start where they resided in the top four over a large portion of the opening stages of the season.
Yet when quizzed about the first half of the season in his new job, Komphela insisted he was happy with the overall state of affairs at the club.
“A win in the last game against City could have given a different picture – am I going to forget the possibilities and only drown my thinking in the current sorrow? It shouldn’t be,” Komphela said. “I think they’ve done fairly well, even though I know we could have done much, much better.
“The matches we gave away … you can’t imagine losing three matches in a row when we’ve had a hell of a great run. In the first group of five games, we collected 13 points, which was massive. In the second group, we collected seven. In both those groups we collected 20, which means in 10 matches, we collected two points per game … after 15 matches, if you have 30, your [points] ratio is [on par] for the championship. So we were doing well, and it’s only this last group of five games where I think we did terribly, but with the points as well, and looking at the log, a win against City would have taken us to 24 points, and position three.”
Despite the four consecutive defeats, Komphela says he’s keeping a positive mindset heading into the new year.
“Looking at the reality of the current picture, it is what it is,” he said. “But we have to go forward and think like Australians, and look for something you can hold onto, to drag them forward, and think, ‘It’s not as bad as it is’. Let’s go back and work again – it is possible. That’s what you have to think.”
Celtic kick off 2019 with an away fixture at Chippa United on January 4.