Can Siwelele maintain their good run?
Bloemfontein Celtics have had their fair share of issues outside the field of play, but that has not deterred the Steve Komphela led side. This season they have collected 6points out of their two opening games of the 2018/19 season. Last season under Veselin Jelusic they went all the way to the final but lost out to Bidvest Wits. They finished the season on position eleven. Given Mashikinya made the switch from Cape Town City in the start of the season and we sat with him and he reflected on his first season in the City of Roses.
“Yea definitely we had a season with mixed feelings. Two very contrasting halves half’s. We had a good first round of the season which led us to the Telkom Knockout finals, unfortunately, we were runners-up”
The 27-year-old was also part of Mpumalanga Aces that was sold and renamed to Cape Town City and that must have felt like Deja Vu when rumours of Celtics being sold. He managed to play 12 games.
“I’ve been in the PSL for a while now and I’ve gone through that situation before at Mpumalanga Black Aces. When I heard the news I didn’t panic because I was already familiar with the situation. Yes, we had a bit of problem as any club does but we didn’t allow them to come near our focus as a team. We’ve identified our mistakes from last season that caused us to finish up out of the top 8 which were small details. To sum up my season I would say every coach has their own style of play and philosophy as well, my job is to serve the batch of Bloemfontein Celtic. If a coach doesn’t prefer you it’s normal in football but you have to get the respect. I’m happy to be part of this beautiful brand and I’m enjoying my stay”
With the side finishing outside the top 8 Coach Steve Komphela was roped in to steer the Siwelele ship, after a not so satisfactory time at Naturena, “:Jola” has had a good start with his side and is currently 3 points adrift from log leaders Bidvest Wits. He will be hoping to maintain his performance this season and make sure that they end up in a respectable position.
“Yea we have a new coach, a very high profiled one. Coach Steve has already given us the idea of how he wants us to play. We communicate very well and he’s very understanding. We all know the situation he faced at Keizer Chiefs and the situation we faced as a club last season, might be a blessing in disguise that we joined hands. We hope to at least get a silverware this season. It’s that part of the year where players are moving out and players are coming in so changes will come gradually.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor is well known for well for his great articulation of the Queen’s language and other languages and that will come as a plus to his new side.
“HAHAHA! about the English part coach Steve knows almost all 11 official languages so it’s easy for him to communicate with all of us hahaha.”
Next five fixtures for Siwelele
Orlando Pirates (H)
kaizer Chiefs (A)
Black Leopards (A)
Maritzburg United (H)
Free State Stars (A)