Mashikinya continues to learn
8/17/2018 8:21:59 AM

Given Kamogelo Mashikinya joined Bloemfontein Celtic last season (2017/18) but somehow could not regularly break into the team. Buoyed by his recent inclusion in the squad for the past two games, the Tshwane born left-footed midfielder expressed his sheer delight, praising Coach Steve Komphela for his phenomenal professional conduct and also commending some of the young players for their great display this season. In his interview with he also touched on various aspects within the team.

On waiting for an opportunity to play

“I’m completely humbled by the opportunity given to me to now play after being on the side-lines for such a long period of time. Coaches have their own different philosophies and even when one is not playing, the attitude and zeal to be part of the team must remain the same.”

He adds, “To be honest, the sprit in the team and advice from senior players has kept me focused and positive to await my time. The competition in the team is incredibly exciting and everyone wants to be part of the winning team.”

On Komphela’s guidance

Mashikinya was also vocal about how coach Steve Komphela brought unity and fantastic team spirit saying even those who are not playing are earnestly working with vigour purely because of the professional approach introduce by the former Bafana-Bafana captain.

“Coach Steve emphasizes more on discipline on and off the field; his tactics and ability to psychologically keep us focused are brilliant. His credentials speak volumes, he teaches us positioning and possession of the ball in such unbelievable manner, fluently guiding us and making sure we remain tactically disciplined for the entire 90 minutes.”

On the upcoming game and talent within the team

Celtic will be hosting Orlando Pirates this weekend and Mashikinya believes that they have a team to compete and win.

“Honestly speaking I get annoyed when we speak about other teams; we rather talk about us (Celtic). You see, we have been working hard recently with the spirit rocketed sky high because of the type of system and training we are getting from our technical team.”

“I’m thrilled that even the young players like Tebogo Potsane and Tshegofatso Mabasa are gradually gaining momentum. In our last game against Arrows, my man of the match was Kabelo Dlamini, another exceptionally talented young player we have.”

Message to the supporters

Mashikinya concludes “This season is dedicated to the supporters for their undying spirit, they have been amazing. I recall, vividly when my mother asked me few years back which team I would love to play for, fascinated by players like Kleinbooi Taaibos, Moses Spandeel, Siyabonga Nkosi… and this gallant bunch of supporters called “Masele”’ I immediately said Bloemfontein Celtic. This has been a team very close to my heart since my days at Mpumalanga Black Aces and trusts me when I say we have a team to fight for the supporters this season.”