Celtic aims to make history

2017-11-15 06:01
Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Veselin Jelusic shakes hands with players Aphiwe Lubisi, Ronald Pfumbidzai and Jacky Motsegoa ahead of the crucial clash with Polokwane City in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi­final fixture on Sunday (19/11). Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Veselin Jelusic shakes hands with players Aphiwe Lubisi, Ronald Pfumbidzai and Jacky Motsegoa ahead of the crucial clash with Polokwane City in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi­final fixture on Sunday (19/11). Photo: Teboho Setena

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Bloemfontein Celtic stands a good chance to make their fourth cup final in history with a victory over determined Polokwane City in the Telkom Knockout Cup (TKO) semifinal fixture on Sunday (19/11).

This crucial encounter will be played at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:30.

While it seems like a quality chance for making history, it could prove the catalyst for so much more for the rejuvenated Phunya Sele Sele, who are searching for their fourth major cup in the top-flight football division.

Generally football experts and fans predict a cup final between old foes Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs, who are set for a titanic battle against Bidvest Wits in ano­ther semifinal on Saturday (18/11).

Wits and Amakhosi are set to battle it out at the Bidvest Wits Stadium in Johannesburg. Kick-off is at 15:30.

If Celtic and Chiefs win, the two archrivals will for the first time ever meet in a major cup final.

The Mangaung giants are yet to lose a cup final, having won three finals: the Mainstay Cup (1985) under Dave Roberts, the SAA Supa 8 (2005) under Paul Dolezar and the Telkom Knockout Cup (2012) with Clinton Larsen – the only South African-born coach.

Celtic will face off against City hoping to make their second final in the TKO. The pulsating outing against City will be Celtic’s second away from home and it will test the ability of head coach Veselin Jelusic and his warriors.

Jelusic heads for Polokwane oozing confidence that his lads will continue with their fine run.

His ability to turn around Celtic’s fortune has earned him the title of coach of the month for October 2017, while City forward Rodney Ramagalela won double at the Absa Premiership monthly recognition awards as he scooped both goal of the month (August/September) and player of the month (October 2017).

In the segment of fixtures played from 23 September to 31 October, Phunya Sele Sele collected seven points in the club’s four games.

Jelusic can only hope his warriors rise to the occasion and reach the final of the TKO.

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