Former friends face off

2016-04-06 06:00
SERAME LE­TSOAKA, Bloemfontein Celtic coach. Photos: Daniel Xangaza.

SERAME LE­TSOAKA, Bloemfontein Celtic coach. Photos: Daniel Xangaza.

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THE Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) intriguing fixture between Bloemfontein Celtic and Lamontville Golden Arrows pits their current respective coaches, Serame Letsoaka and Clinton Larsen, against their former clubs too.

The two coaches will spearhead their current teams from opposite benches in the RT Molemela Stadium on Sunday (10/04).

The kick-off time of the game is scheduled for 15:00.

Both Larsen and Letsoaka had their fair share of contrasting results in both league and cup fixtures since being appointed at the helm of the two teams late last year.

Celtic managed to record two wins in the league under Letsoaka, 2-1 against Bidvest Wits and the latest a 3-1 win over title chasers Mamelodi Sundowns. The win boosted morale after a dismal run in ten competitive matches.

Larsen boasts four victories, a double over Polokwane City, 1-0 in the first leg and 2-1 in the return leg, 3-1 against Free State Stars and 1-0 over Platinum Stars.

He will look to turn the tables against his former team Celtic in their own backyard, while Letsoaka hopes to capitalise on their home turf to get the maximum three points at stake in order to improve Celtic’s position on the Premiership table.

Three points separate them on the log standings.

Arrows are placed 11th on 28 points and Phunya Sele Sele are seeded 12th on 25 points.

The two coaches are desperate for maximum points to consolidate their clubs’ positions on the log and also ease mounting relegation pressure.

A point is still valuable, considering their positions on the log standings.

The two coaches found themselves in opposite camps after parting ways with their former teams, which are currently languishing in the bottom half of the league.

Both coaches left their former clubs in a huff last November and December to join their current teams.

Larsen’s departure at Celtic, a club he had a successful stint with, was apparently due to his failure in meeting the club management’s ultimatum to change his assistant coach, Lehlohonolo Seema.

A league winner with Orlando Pirates and erstwhile Durban side Manning Rangers, Larsen opted to walk out, with Letsoaka taking over the reins.

Duncan Lechesa was appointed as assistant coach and Seema, ex-Celtic captain, ultimately went to the lower division side to replace Lechesa, a former Bloemfontein Young Tigers, Free State Stars, Ajax Cape Town and Black Leopards star.

Letsoaka left Arrows, citing family reasons, and surfaced at Celtic, the team he had had a stint with as assistant to maestro Styles Phumo, who died in 2011.

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