Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela says they are taking it one game at a time as they prepare to face off against Kaizer Chiefs next week in search of their fourth 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) win.
Phunya Sele Sele defeated Orlando Pirates on Sunday afternoon via a 1-0 scoreline and will now face Komphela's former employers Chiefs, away in Johannesburg.
Speaking after the match, the former Free State Stars boss says he cannot be emotional against Amakhosi, but will study their weaknesses to ensure that they exploit them.
Moreover, he praised Bongani Sam who netted his first goal in Celtic's senior team colours to hand the Buccaneers their second PSL loss in a week.
“It’s only fair not to be emotional. This one is out of our way take it one game at a time. Then we’ll go into the next match look at what their strengths are, weaknesses and where we can probably work better,” Komphela told SuperSport TV .
“Unfortunately in football you can’t have it all. If you defend a central space the wide space is available,” he reacted regarding their win over Milutin Sredojevic's men.
“It’s about your readiness in defending central when it drops wide, can you deal with the cross? The other option is that close the wide spaces and open the centre because football is a game of measurements,” he continued.
“If you stay compact the outside is open. If you stretch then the inside is open. We decided to give them the wide spaces and you know how good they are combining coming central. I thought the players did extremely well,” Komphela said.
Speaking about the goal netted by the youngster, the former Maritzburg United coach said he could not blame the defender for taking off his shirt in his celebration.
“But the most important one was that we scored a goal and when Bongani scored you could see the kid losing himself. I said at half-time that listen even if I were him I’d do the same (take off the shirt in celebration),” he added.
“In fact I’d literally walk home. A kid scoring in a big match of this calibre. When he threw the shirt I knew that listen you can’t do anything about it you just need to protect him. I’m happy with the result for them,” he concluded.
Sitting at number two with nine points from three games, Phunya Sele Sele are yet to concede in the league and will visit Giovanni Solinas' men at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday, August 29.