SAM MAY JOIN KOM­PHELA AT AR­ROWS

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Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Steve Kom­phela from Bloem­fontein Celtic to La­montville Golden Ar­rows, de­fender Bon­gani Sam says he is con­sid­er­ing fol­low­ing his for­mer men­tor.

Kom­phela left Celtic and joined Ar­rows last week due to fi­nan­cial trou­bles at Si­welele.

Kom­phela gave Sam his big Absa Premier­ship break when they ar­rived at Celtic at the be­gin­ning of the 2018/19 sea­son, lead­ing to the 20-year-old play­ing 14 league games, and be­ing voted man of the match af­ter his team’s 1-0 win over Chippa United on Fri­day.

With just five more months left of his con­tract, he said that if the op­por­tu­nity arose, he would con­sider join­ing Kom­phela.

“If the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self, I would grab it with both hands and join him [Kom­phela at Ar­rows],” Sam said.

In the same breath, though, the player as­sured Phunya Sele Sele fans that he was still 100% com­mit­ted to the club.

“I am still com­mit­ted to the team as I still want to achieve a lot with them.”

He de­scribed his re­la­tion­ship with Kom­phela as that of “a fa­ther and son”.

In a let­ter Kom­phela wrote to the man­age­ment of the Free State out­fit, he gave some in­sight into how badly the team was run while he was with Bloem­fontein Celtic.

It de­tailed un­pro­fes­sion­al­ism at the cash-strapped club, and spelt out and crit­i­cised as­pects of how the club was poorly man­aged, which led to his res­ig­na­tion.

The left-back said it was dif­fi­cult for the play­ers be­cause they were do­ing their best to cope un­der the cir­cum­stances.

Sam joined Celtic from the Ke Yona Team in the 2017/18 sea­son, but was loaned to High­lands Park while they were still play­ing in the NFD.

He first got a taste of pro­fes­sional foot­ball at Owen da Gama’s club.

When his loan spell ended af­ter the team won pro­mo­tion to the Absa Premier­ship, he re­turned to Celtic.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence join­ing High­lands Park be­cause that is the ex­pe­ri­ence that I am us­ing now,” Sam said.

“It was even dif­fi­cult for me to come back be­cause I was treated well there by coach Owen.”

He made his PSL de­but against Chippa United in May, when Celtic won 2-0.

“I al­ways be­lieved my time would come and when it did it meant a lot to me. Al­though I was scared at first, as the game pro­gressed, I felt bet­ter.”

In his third game, he scored a win­ning goal in the club’s 1-0 vic­tory over Or­lando Pi­rates in their Absa Premier­ship match.

“I dreamt of such spe­cial mo­ments and when it came, it was un­be­liev­able.”

When some of his friends back home in Mother­well in the Eastern Cape ask for ad­vice, his says: “If you want to progress in life, you must choose the right friends.”

PHOTO: CHARLÉ LOM­BARD / GALLO IM­AGES

HES­I­TANT Bon­gani Sam is un­cer­tain of his fu­ture at Bloem­fontein Celtic. His con­tract ends in June

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