Coaches hope to continue success

2017-02-08 06:02
Lehlohonolo Seema, Bloemfontein Celtic’s interim coach. Photo: Teboho Setena

Lehlohonolo Seema, Bloemfontein Celtic’s interim coach. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Bloemfontein Celtic interim coaches, Lehlohonolo Seema and John Ma-duka, can hope the team continues their steady improvement in an intriguing Premiership fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Phunya Sele Sele will host the league championship at the Dr R.P. Molemela Stadium today (08/02).

Kick-off is at 19:30.

The hosts are still oozing confidence after beating Orlando Pirates by 2-1 away in their last fixture in December. That emphatic win propelled the local lads to position 12 on the log – but they still need maximum points to be completely safe from relegation.

To be on a safe threshhold and avoid the dreaded relegation, Celtic are compelled to have 35 points. This means they have to collect 20 points.

Six wins plus two draws are needed to achieve the target of 20 points in their forthcoming games.

Today’s fixture against an in-form Sundowns affords the coaching pair of Maduka and Seema, both former captains of the club, another chance to plot another big upset following their win over Pirates. A positive result in today’s match will see the host gradually moving up the log ladder to the safety zone.

Celtic have been in the relegation zone since the start of the current season and this poor form resulted in the club parting ways with former head coach Serame Letsoaka.

Victory for the league champions Sundowns will see them claim a spot in the top five bracket, increasing their chances to defend the league title. Given their prospects to defend the Premiership title, Pitso Mosimane’s charges will be gunning to get all three points at stake.

Thus far they have lost two matches of the nine they have played.

Phunya Sele Sele have lost six matches of the 14 they have played. The game against Sundowns will be the last in the first round of the Premiership. Celtic have won three games as opposed to Sundowns, who are boasting six victories.

The visitors won their last game against Baroka with 1-0, extending their unbeaten run.

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