- Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was confirmed as the new coach at Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday
- Bloemfontein Celtic captain Patrick Tignyemb has applauded Komphela’s appointment
- Komphela is expected to make a raft of changes at Celtic, including appointing his own assistant coach
Bloemfontein Celtic captain Patrick Tignyemb has applauded the appointment of former Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela as the new coach at the club. He said he was incredibly pleased with the announcement and was excited to work with Komphela.
The former Chiefs coach will remain in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after it was announced on Wednesday that Bloemfontein Celtic had appointed Komphela to replace Veselin Jelusic.
Komphela is expected to make a raft of changes at the club starting with the appointment of his own assistant. It is believed that current Celtic assistant coaches Lehlohonolo Seema and John Maduka could be shown the door.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Tignyemb said he and Komphela had known each other for many years and had built a friendship. Celtic’s captain said his friendship with Komphela started when he taught Komphela how to speak French.
Tignyemb said he and the players at the club were looking forward to working with Komphela because he was a quality coach.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that despite leaving Kaizer Chiefs under a cloud of controversy two-months ago and despite never having won a major trophy in South Africa, Komphela is still regarded as one of the top coaches in the country.
Komphela impressed the local soccer fraternity with his successes at Free State Stars. TimesLive.co.za reported that during his two stints at the club he led the team to three top-eight finishes in the PSL.
Bloemfontein Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala said Komphela’s appointment was part of the club’s strategy to appoint a local coach with great skill and reputation. He said Komphela had been signed on a two-year deal with an option for a third-year.
The club has faced tumultuous time in recent weeks after it was confirmed that the club had been put up for sale. Fans took to the streets of Bloemfontein after a report emerged that a Kimberley-based businessman had purchased the club.
The report was ultimately found to be false, but the club has confirmed it remains for sale.
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