Vina Maphosa: No room for sentiment when Kaizer Chiefs lock horns with Bloemfontein Celtic

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The Amakhosi spokesman insists that the players are not focusing on meeting their former coach but on the job at hand

Kaizer Chiefs corporate communications manager Vina Maphosa says they are working hard to end their winless run in the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

Amakhosi are at home on Wednesday night against Bloemfontein Celtic who are unbeaten so far and Maphosa says the players are not focusing on meeting their former coach, Steve Komphela.

“We just got back to the training grounds after our match against SuperSport United on Sunday,” Maphosa told Goal.

“The coaching staff is just busy ensuring the players have fully recovered and to ensure they are ready for the clash at home against Celtic,” he added.

“We are looking forward to a great game and there is much talk on Celtic, the fact that they are unbeaten after three games in the league,” he noted.

“We also know Mr. Komphela's unbeaten run so far, but we are at home for this one and obviously we are chasing our first win in the league,” he responded.

Speaking about their 2-2 draw against Amatsantsa A Pitori on Sunday in the MTN8 semi-final first leg, Maphosa said coach Giovanni Solinas and his men are confident of bagging a win.

Amakhosi occupy 13th spot with three points and face a confident Siwelele.

“The guys are confident after coming from 2-1 down in the Cup, we showed great fighting spirit and the guys believe they could have won the match - they will continue where they left off at home against Celtic,” he continued.

“Look, meeting their former coach is not something for them as players but for the media and supporters. For them it is work as usual for Kaizer Chiefs not for anything else,” he asserted.

“There is confidence in the camp and I can tell you the players want a win and they believe it will come soon - it will come against Celtic,” said Maphosa.

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“We are not comfortable where we are on the log table, we know it's still early, but we want to be up there on the top,” he told Goal.

“The coach is aware that Kaizer Chiefs is a big club and you cannot go four matches without a win, and for us it's not about talking Mr. Steve and the opponent, but to focus on ourselves,” he concluded.

The match will be staged at the iconic FNB Stadium on Wednesday night at 19:30.

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