Absa Premiership

Arrows eager to bring Komphela's Celtic back down to earth

2018-08-08 08:55
Kabelo Dlamini (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic meet in a Absa Premiership encounter on Wednesday evening at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

Both sides enjoyed dream starts to the 2018/19 campaign with Arrows beating Maritzburg United 2-0 and Celtic downing Chippa United by the same score line last weekend.

Arrows emerged unscathed from a bruising KwaZulu-Natal derby and will now be looking to please their home fans with a second victory on the bounce.

Phunya Sele Sele may have won their opening game but the club remains in administrative turmoil with reports indicating that it has been sold after owner Max Tshabalala applied for provisional liquidation last week.

Arrows coach Clinton Larsen believes those issues will not affect Steve Komphela's preparations.

"We do know they have had their problems, but Steve is a wily old coach who knows how to get around these issues. He has had the entire pre-season, so they will be ready," Larsen said.

Larsen had two stints at Siwelele spanning four years and says facing a former employer is always challenging.

"As coaches when you are up against your ex teams there will always be some extra bite," he said.

"I have always said Celtic has a good squad, they underperformed in the last two seasons.

"Last year they looked quite good at moments and it will be a tough game for us," Larsen concluded.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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