Former Chiefs coach Steve Komphela remaining calm ahead of Bloemfontein Celtic challenge

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The former Amakhosi mentor has his feet firmly on the ground as he looks to turn Phunya Sele Sele's fortunes around

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is remaining calm as he begins his tenure as Bloemfontein Celtic coach.

After departing Amakhosi following three seasons without any silverware, Komphela’s latest challenge was recently confirmed as he took up the reins at Phunya Sele Sele.

The move has been questioned by many, due to the instability at the club. With financial constraints a severe problem for the club’s current owners, it has since been put up for sale.

This decision has been met with grave concern by fans with the province in danger of losing their beloved club if a bid from outside the province is accepted.

But despite the uncertainty at the Free State based outfit, the club were still able to claim a massive coup as they announced the signing of Komphela.

Komphela who has had spells at the likes of Maritzburg United, Free State Stars, Platinum Stars and a short stint as Bafana Bafana interim coach was brought in to replace Serbian mentor Veselin Jelusic who resigned after he was reportedly not paid his salary.

Nonetheless, much will be expected from Komphela, who turned 51 today. But the former defender is not getting too ahead of himself and is remaining calm, choosing to focus on the club’s preparations ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Meanwhile, Celtic have already begun their pre-season and Komphela has wasted no time in bolstering his squad with the addition of midfielder Ryan De Jongh on a three-year-deal.

“I can’t say I’m excited. But I’m calm,” a focused Komphela told SunSport.

“We’ve started already with the preparations,” the former Free State Stars mentor added.

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Last season, Siwelele finished in 11th spot on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) missing out on a top eight position.

Komphela though, will be hoping to better that this season and revive the beleaguered club.

 

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