Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Given
Mashikinya has claimed that, contrary to what critics say, Steve Komphela
doesn't favour a defensive brand of football.
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During his time in charge of Kaizer Chiefs,
Komphela struggled to get Amakhosi firing on all cylinders upfront. His last
season was particularly poor in that department, as Chiefs scored just 27
Premiership goals throughout the 2017/18 campaign.
Komphela was not able to see out the
season, as he resigned from his job in April following fan violence at the
Moses Mabhida Stadium.
However, speaking about life under his new
coach at Bloemfontein Celtic, Mashikinya painted a very different picture to
what Komphela's critics would have you believe.
“The coach is alright, he understands
everything we do, he is a black person. So, everything is on track you see. He
knows how players behave,” Mashikinya said, according to KickOff website.
“I don't see a difference that much because
football is a universal language. It requires your actions, but each coach has
his own philosophy of the way he plays.
“So, the only difference is the philosophy,
the style of play. This one wants us to play his way and the other one wanted
us to do things his way.
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“Our coach doesn't use defensive tactics to
tell you the truth. For instance, last season we relied too much on long balls,
so this season is right because we can build from the back.
“He wants us to play football, so always
when we play we have options.”
Celtic finished 11th in the 2017/18
Premiership under the guidance of Veselin Jelusic.