Celtic hope to end year beating Pirates

2014-12-20 00:00

A HIGHLY spirited Bloemfontein ­Celtic are set to travel to Orlando in aim to register maximum points against ­Pirates in a PSL match tonight.

Siwelele are motivated after their midweek 2-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces and they’ll hope to wrap their 2014 with a victory against the Buccaneers.

With the arrival of coach Clinton Larsen, the Bloemfontein side are boosted as he led them to a win in his first assignment. They occupy position 10 with 20 points and the hosts are placed at position five, with 23 points respectively.

To Siwelele’s Dumisani Zuma, the midweek win over AmaZayoni has revived their ambitions and they will go to Orlando for nothing but a win.

“It’s not going to be an easy game of football you know, but we’re ­determined to go there and give it our best,” said Zuma.

“We played to a 2-2 draw at home and I don’t believe we can struggle in getting a win away, we’re motivated by the Aces win.

“The arrival of coach Larsen hasn’t changed much; we’re still the same side. However, his presence has brought belief in us.

“We’re not beaten in our last five games and they’re from a draw [Swallows]. We’re now a new team.”

The hosts are fresh from a 1-1 draw against Soweto rivals Moroka Swallows, and Eric Tinkler will hope Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro will be on target once again.

The first leg ended in a 2-2 stalemate in Bloemfontein and, according to the Sea Robbers striker Letsie Koapeng, a win is something they’re looking for at Orlando.

“We’ll have to make Orlando our fortress. We need the three points and it’s not going to be easy,” said Koapeng.

“They have a new coach and yes they’re motivated, but we’re capable of winning the match at home.

“Celtic are one of the good sides in the league and they’ll come here to put up a good fight but we’re up for it.

“It will be a great finish to have three points in the bag ahead of the ­Christmas break.”

— Backpagetxt.

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