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Komphela Returns To Celtic, Downs & Pirates Out

Steve Komphela will return to Bloemfontein Celtic at the end of the month after an impressive start to his career with Golden Arrows. 

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Komphela has overseen a turnaround in fortunes for Abafana Bes’thende since joining the club earlier this year, with the club climbing up the Absa Premiership table and reaching the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup. 

Sherwyn Naicker, Arrows’ goalkeeper, says that – with some of the heavy hitters like Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns already out, the Durban-based outfit is really starting to fancy their chances at landing some silverware before the season is over.

Speaking after the Nedbank Cup draw recently, Naicker said, “Steve has just come from Celtic, so obviously both clubs probably play the same brand of football. When he played them in the league we drew with them, and it was exciting. I think it’ll be the same in the cup.

“When we got out first draw against an ABC Motsepe League side, we already started to think that ‘You know what, if we win three games then we’re in the semi-finals already’… Now eyes are open pretty wisely, we’re now around the corner from a final or semi-final. We lost to Pirates the last time we were in a semi-final, and we want to do better.”

Celtic are set to host Arrows towards the end of March, with both sides looking to book their spot in the last four of the prestigious competition. 

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