Ex Bloemfontein Celtic striker is pleased to see his former club having bounced back from one of their most difficult periods in the club’s history and doing well in the League.
The Free State club were wracked with countless strikes by players and staff over unpaid wages and was on the verge of moving out of the province.
But a change of fortunes this season has seen them have a decent start to the season with no negative reports coming from their camp.
The 41-year-old who played for Siwelele between 2006 and 2008 told #FARPost that last season’s situation was worrisome.
“Football-wise I can say they are doing well; they are winning even though the consistency is not there but compared to last season I think they have improved a lot looking at the financial strains that they had,” said Kukame.
“The fact that last season the team was nearly sold was worrying so I think they have managed to come to terms with that and they have remained united.
“I am not quite sure what is the current situation but looking at things right now I think they have overgrown that situation hence the results are coming and looking at their position in the Log they are currently in the top 8 so for them everything is looking positive.”
He also praised the coaching trio of Lehlohonolo Seema, John Maduka and Simon Gopane for keeping the team together through a difficult period.
“For me it’s a good thing that the club gave those 3 guys an opportunity to coach because (Lehlohonolo) Seema played for Celtic, (John) Maduka as well even (Simon) Gopane they are all still young so I think for the team to give them an opportunity to coach was the best decision because they know the environment and the culture of the team very well that’s why they were able to calm the players during that difficult period,”
Kukame was forced to retire in 2009 after a motor vehicle accident which left him with a broken leg.
He is now involved in a family property business with his father.
During the 2000 Olympics games in Sydney, he was one of the stand-by players in the U23 Golden Generation team.
By Ofhani Munyai