Celtic hope to end in top 5

2015-04-29 14:09

BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC will look to bounce back from their previous Absa Premiership defeat when they travel to Port Elizabeth to face struggling Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday (29/04) at 19:30. After humiliating the star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns by 5-0 in Atteridgeville two weeks ago, Celtic suffered a defeat at the hands of Maritzburg United in their next fixture, going down 0-1 at home. The Mangaung outfit have claimed 37 points from 26 matches and they will look to collect more points to cement their top-eight standing in their remaining four fixtures. Their next three league opponents are Ajax Cape Town, Free State Stars (both at the Free State Stadium), before wrapping up their 2013-’14 campaign at Moroka Swallows on 9 May.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed fifth on the log and they are likely to finish the season in the same position if they win all their remaining games.

“Our target at the start of the season was to finish the campaign as high as the fourth position,” John Maduka, Celtic manager, told Express.

“But if we cannot achieve that, we would be happy to finish the season on fifth position. We are hoping to win all our remaining games to achieve our target. Apart from Ajax, who are fighting for a top-eight spot, we are going to face teams that are in danger of relegation,” he said.

“All those matches are going to be difficult, but we are going to fight very hard to win them. We want to be among the top five clubs when the season ends on 9 May.”

Maduka, who was born in Malawi, but moved to South Africa to further his football career in 1996, has appealed to those who were responsible for xenophobic attacks to stop it because it gave the country a bad name.

“It is sad to see so many foreign nationals being attacked by the minority of South Africans. I know the majority of the local citizens are against these xenophobic attacks. Please let us stop those acts. Let us be united and say NO to xenophobia. It does not matter where we come from. “We all are Africans and we need each other,” concluded Maduka, who has obtained South African citizenship.

) There are 97 foreign players who are plying their trade at different Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs who greatly entertain local soccer fans week in, week out. The Express staff therefore strongly condemn the violent attacks on foreign nationals

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