The new Bloemfontein Celtic coach, Steve Komphela, wants to plough back into his home province during his tenure at the Premier Soccer League Club.
Last week, Phunya Sele Sele appointed the former Bafana Bafana captain on a two-year deal, with an option to renew.
Komphela, who was born in Kroonstad and was a legendary captain at the Celtic’s rivals Free State Stars, wants to leave a legacy at the club, especially with regards to the development of the sport in the region.
“A part of the acceptance of this challenge from the chairman, the CEO and the supporting people, was to assist the development of the game.
“Sometimes we coaches get good contracts – you service the club, you honour your contact, but you leave nothing.
“This is another opportunity for me to give back in the province, help Bloemfontein Celtic and develop football in the Free State.
“There are quite a number of things that we engaged in, and I think that if we go along the same thinking, there could be a great possibility of to see the improvement and development of football.
“The only time South Africa can benefit from football is when football clubs have a huge impact in terms of helping in the structure of development.”
The tactician added the he is excited to a part of Siwelele and he is looking forward to the faithful signing and a part of the team, as opposed to being the opposition.
“When I feel down, I will drive to Kroonstad, when I feel happy, I will drive to Kroonstad.
“I am happy to be in Bloemfontein. Who wouldn’t want to be here? Who wouldn’t want to be a part of these green-and-white soldiers who week-in, week-out will be there singing. It is exciting, I also want to have that experience.”
The arrival of Komphela signalled the beginning of the club’s preseason as they are working towards to the 2018/19 campaign which kicks off on 3 August. – MORGAN PIEK