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Komphela: I'd choose Celtic's problems over Free State Stars'

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve Komphela is at a club facing financial problems and an uncertain future, but he would rather be in his shoes than Luc Eymael's.

Although Phunya Sele Sele have endured troubled times off the field of play, with owner Max Tshabalala still looking to sell the club, they have delivered results on the field and are among the early Premiership frontrunners.

By contrast, Ea Lla Koto have had a difficult start to the season, with the Nedbank Cup champions sitting in 11th place on the table.

The two teams are set to face off on Saturday at 15h30 in a Free State derby at Goble Park, and Komphela has no doubts about which of the two dugouts he would rather be in.

"I would rather choose to have problems like those we have at Celtic than be struggling for results," he said, as quoted by SowetanLIVE.

"They [Stars] have not hit the form they are known for and that's not easy. That's why I'd rather choose our problems."

However, Komphela is not expecting an easy ride against his former club, now coached by a man with whom he has had his fair share of conflict, but has now offered a word of praise.

"It will be a very difficult match because, as I've always said, in a derby form goes out the window. They are very ambitious, knowing the Mokoenas [the family who own Free State Stars] and [coach] Luc (Eymael), who wants to change things," he said.

"We cannot get emotional about it; we have to be calm and traditional, then go and play our game and bring our energy and quality."