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Komphela: Wants revenge

Komphela: Wants revenge

Free State Stars will aim to see off the challenge of Bloemfontein Celtic in their PSL clash this weekend and avenge their Telkom Knockout defeat.

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Phunya Sele Sele edged Stars in the semi-finals of the competition before going on to beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the final, and boss Steve Komphela is determined not to lose to their derby rivals twice in quick succession.

The two sides clash at the Charles Mopeli Stadium with Komphela telling his club's official website ahead of the tie: "We know what they (Celtic) can offer, they are a very good side and they are still full of confident after lifting up the trophy over the past weekend.

"It is going to be an interesting game as well. From a coaching point of view you would not want to lose twice to your direct opponent.

"From a player's point of view, even them they still believe that as much as they conceded three goals in the Telkom semi-final we were too generous.

"I think we need to be more careful in terms of giving goals and take our chances."

Stars drew 1-1 with Sundowns in their last clash, a result that left them in sixth place after 13 matches.

Komphela added: "The games are coming in thick and fast and as they come you need to be ready, we have just played a draw at home against Sundowns and we need to forget about this one and immediately one needs to start preparing for the Celtic match."

Celtic, in eighth place in the standings, followed up their cup success with a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United and will be eager to return to winning ways against their Free State rivals.

This derby will take a backseat to the Soweto clash featuring Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, but Siwelele boss Clinton Larsen is expecting an enthralling encounter in Phuthaditjhaba.

He said: "It's always a battle when these two sides meet.

"Everybody was waiting to shoot us down after the Telkom Knockout final win and expecting us to lose our next few games, but we are going out to prove everybody wrong.

"We are not going to do what other teams have done in the past - win and then start losing games after that.

"We'll keep fighting for every point and see where that puts us by the end of December.

"We've had four days of rest before Free State Stars, and at least the players will get enough rest for that game."

Posted: 07/12/12 14:35

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