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Celtic turn to Khompela for redemption

MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB…New Bloemfontein Celtic coach, Steve Khompela, faces the unenviable task of bringing glory to a team docked by low player morale due to uncertainty as owner, Max Tshabalala, wanted to sell the club citing high operational costs                                                                                                               Pic: Supplied

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Siwelele Samasele confirmed the news on Wednesday (20 June) and said the former Kaizer Chiefs mentor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Bloemfontein-based green and white team. The deal has an optional further one-year extension.

Club chairman, Max Tshabalala, revealed how they settled for Khompela.

“Our strategy was to get a reputable local coach with immense pedigree who can take us to greater heights and in Steve we found an appropriate candidate,” he said.

Tshabalala is alive to the state of affairs at Celtic at the moment and says they expect Khompela to achieve a top 8 finish.

“Last season was complicated and we failed to achieve our goal. However, we have now acquired the services of someone passionate, hungry for success and willing to bring the excitement synonymous with Celtic supporters. He has the judgement, knowledge and experience. He promotes the youth and has an exceptional eye for raw talent and that is exactly what we need as a team.”

The Celtic team owner appealed to the club’s fans to rally behind Bra Steve.

“We are relying heavily on the support of our forever supportive fans to rally behind the coach and his team.”

Khompela’s love-hate relationship with the hard-to-please Chiefs supporters came to boil when the team was knocked out of the Nedbank Cup in the semi-final by Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Supporters went on a rampage in ugly scenes of violence where they attacked security personnel and damaged cameras and stadium equipment worth millions of Rands.

The coach immediately threw in the towel to end his three-year stint at Naturena.

Efforts to get a comment from Khompela were unsuccessful as calls to his cellphone went unanswered on Wednesday afternoon.


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