Si­welele wel­comes Kom­phela

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Reporter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Kom­phela was lauded for two spells in charge of Free State Stars‚ hav­ing also played for the club‚ as he led the side to three top eight fin­ishes in five sea­sons com­bined‚ in­clud­ing fourth in the 2008/09 cam­paign.

Bloem­fontein Celtic said that it is proud to an­nounce the ar­rival of Steve Kom­phela af­ter the former Kaizer Chiefs men­tor penned a two-year deal with ad­di­tional one-year op­tion with the Mangaung based out­fit. This was re­vealed by Club Chair­man Max Tsha­bal­ala. “Our strat­egy was to get a rep­utable lo­cal coach with im­mense pedi­gree who can take us to greater heights and in Steve we found an ap­pro­pri­ate can­di­date,” he added.

Tsha­bal­ala agrees though, that the new man at the helm will need time to re­build a strong, com­pet­i­tive and ex­cit­ing team that will be aligned with the cul­ture of the team.

“Last sea­son was com­pli­cated and we failed to achieve our goals how­ever, we have now ac­quired the ser­vices of some­one passionate, hun­gry for suc­cess and will­ing to bring the ex­cite­ment syn­ony­mous with Celtic sup­port­ers.

He has the judg­ment, Knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence.

He pro­motes the youth and has an ex­cep­tional eye for raw tal­ent and that is ex­actly what we need as a team.”

The Celtic head-hon­cho con­cludes: “We are re­ly­ing heav­ily on the sup­port of our for­ever sup­port­ive fans to rally be­hind the coach and his team.” Just how Celtic will fund the ac­qui­si­tion of Kom­phela‚ one of the best paid coaches in the PSL‚ is not clear‚ but it is cer­tainly a mas­sive coup for the club.

Kom­phela may have strug­gled at Chiefs‚ where ex­pec­ta­tions are that the club will win sil­ver­ware ev­ery sea­son‚ but he has blos­somed at teams where the pres­sure is less ev­i­dent.

Kom­phela is yet to win sil­ver­ware in his coach­ing ca­reer though‚ which will be an im­me­di­ate aim with Celtic this com­ing sea­son.

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