Chiefs to fight for honour

2015-08-12 06:00
KEY: Erick Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs will play a pivotal role for his club on Sunday.               
Richard Huggard

KEY: Erick Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs will play a pivotal role for his club on Sunday. Photo: Richard Huggard

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KAIZER CHIEFS have a chance to put their disappointing weekend result behind them when they face Bloemfontein Celtic this weekend. The two giants meet in a MTN 8 semi-final clash at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday (16/08) at 15:00.

Amakhosi were held to a goalless draw by Chippa United, who played with ten men for the better part of their league encounter in Port Elizabeth on Sunday (09/08). United’s Joseph Molangoana was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.

Chiefs will be looking to bounce back straight away against a Celtic side who will prove to be a hard nut to crack on home soil.

The last time these two clubs met in a cup match was in the Nedbank Cup on 13 April 2013 at the same venue.

Chiefs won by 1-0, thanks to an own goal by Dominic Isaacs who looked to clear a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner kick, but could only manage to direct the ball into the back of his own net.

However, the sides have made a lot of changes since then in terms of playing personnel and coaching staff.

At the time, Chiefs were being coached by Stuart Baxter, who left the club at the end of last season. Now the club is being coached by Steve Komphela. On the other hand, Clinton Larsen, who was in charge of Celtic for that particular encounter, will be sitting on the bench again on Sunday.

Defender Siboniso Gaxa knows that Celtic, at home, can hurt you if you give them room to recover. But he is positive Chiefs will win the first leg of the competition.

“We will continue to work hard and play the brand of football that we always play at Kaizer Chiefs,” says Gaxa.

Phunya Sele Sele, who were brought down 3-2 by Polokwane City on Sunday, will be looking to return to their winning ways.

“We don’t fear Chiefs, but we respect them,” says Bevan Fransman, Celtic captain.

In the other semi-final, Ajax Cape Town welcome Bidvest Wits to the Coetzenberg Stadium Saturday (15/08). Kick-off is at 20:15

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