Five points that will ignite the Celtic vs Chiefs MTN8 Cup semi clash

2015-08-06 22:13
Ntombi Nzama super soccer fan for Kaiser Chiefs. Picture Elizabeth Sejake/City Press

Ntombi Nzama super soccer fan for Kaiser Chiefs. Picture Elizabeth Sejake/City Press

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The Bloemfontein Celtic versus Kaizer Chiefs MTN8 Cup semifinal clash is undoubtedly the pick of the tournament’s last-four draw today.

Daniel Mothowagae @daniemothowagae and Celtic captain Bevan Fransman looked at five factors that will spark the fire in the eagerly awaited clash that Siwelele will host at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue on the weekend of August 15-16.
  
Resilient sides  
Celtic and Chiefs showed resilience to come back and win their midweek quarterfinal fixtures against Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United, respectively. Amakhosi turned a 2-0 deficit into a 4-3 victory over Maritzburg after extra time while Siwelele levelled the scores late in extra time and eliminated the Brazilians 4-2 on penalties.  

Intelligent coach
“We have one of the best readers of the game in coach Clinton Larsen.
“It helps that he has played football at the highest level. And he was part and parcel of the good [Orlando] Pirates side during his playing days. He is always on point with team selection and the substitutions during the game.”

Team effort
“When you look at last night’s game [against Sundowns], our wingers were tracking back – [midfielder] Lerato Lamola ran nonstop and you can’t ask for more from the man. 
“The effort that is being put by the substitutes is also a plus for us as they often change the game.”
 
Suspect Chiefs defence
“I still doubt their defence. I am a defender myself and I know that they’ll try and strengthen that area to become more solid. 
“They have a new player in [Siyanda] Xulu. As experienced as he is, he’s new in their team and he is still trying to adjust.
[Ivan] Bukenya was played out of position. The centre back position is not his natural position.”

The usual suspects
“Chiefs have the usual suspects – Bernard Parker, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Tsepo Masilela. We all know what they can offer on the field on a good day. We are capable of containing them.”

Do you agree with Fransman?

. Ajax Cape Town will host Bidvest Wits in another MTN8 Cup semifinal, also on the weekend of August 15-16
. The MTN8 semifinal is played over two legs and the return fixtures will take place on the weekend of August 29-30.

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