CAPE TOWN – Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela's return to former club Bloemfontein Celtic proved a miserable one after his team was hammered 5-0 in a league encounter at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Celtic had been somewhat unlucky to suffer a 3-1 loss to Orlando Pirates in their opening match of the season, but were to make amends with a scintillating performance against a shell-shocked Arrows in the Free State capital.
It took the host club just 35 seconds to take the lead: after Arrows had carelessly given away possession in the opposition half, Celtic broke with purpose, working the ball to Ndumiso Mabena, who was given time and space to run towards goal before unleashing a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.
Abafana bes'Thende continued to look disjointed and they conceded again in the 12th minute when some poor marking afforded Menzi Masuku the chance to cut back inside from the left hand side of the box before squeezing in a shot at the near post.
Just after the half hour mark the Durban team began to ask questions of the Celtic defence and home keeper Jackson Mabokgwane did well to tip a deflected shot from Danny Venter over the bar.