Double trouble looms

2015-08-26 06:00
IN FORM: Bloemfontein Celtic will pin their hopes on Thapelo Morena when the team faces Orlando Pirates on Wednesday (26/08).                    
Charlé Lombard

IN FORM: Bloemfontein Celtic will pin their hopes on Thapelo Morena when the team faces Orlando Pirates on Wednesday (26/08). Photo: Charlé Lombard

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IN what

could be termed a fixture list from hell, Bloemfontein Celtic are preparing for a week of two crunch league matches.

Successive clashes against Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will test the team’s character, endurance and resolve.

Phunya Sele Sele host Pirates in a league match in the Free State Stadium on Wednesday (26/08) at 19:30 before travelling to the FNB Stadium to face Chiefs in the MTN 8 Cup four days later.

An unfazed John Maduka, Celtic manager, said they were not worried at all to face these giants in back-to-back fixtures.

“I think we shouldn’t look further than the immediate assignment against Pirates at the Free State Stadium on Wednesday.

“We are going to take it one game at a time,” Maduka told Express.

“Our focus is on our match against Pirates.

“We’ll only think about Chiefs after we have played that game.

“But we’ll prepare extremely well for both fixtures,” said the former captain of the club.

“Pirates are a difficult team to play against.

“They have quality players and so do we. Our players are always motivated to play against them.

“I believe we have a strong team to beat Pirates.”

While Bucs have registered one win and lost one match this season, Siwelele are still chasing their first win in the league.

The Mangaung side have played two games, losing one and drawing one.

“We have brought in new players in the team and it will take some time for them to adjust to the way we want them to play.

“But we are happy with what we have seen from them so far.

“It would be really nice to turn the corner at the expense of Pirates.

“Winning against them would be a good morale boost for us before we play against Chiefs on Saturday night (29/08). ”

Pirates are placed sixth on the log with six points after two matches, while Celtic are in the 13th position on the log with a paltry one point after the same number of games.

Meanwhile, Celtic fans will be happy to hear that Captain Bevan Fransman, who was carried off the field on a stretcher after suffering a concusion during their match against Platinum Stars on Sunday (23/08), was discharged from hospital on the same day, and he is available for selection.

Celtic will pin their hopes on Thapelo Morena, Helder Pelembe and Lerato Lamola, while Pirates will rely on Mpho Makola, Kermit Erasmus and Sifiso Myeni for goals

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