Celtic eyes points to retain status

2016-04-13 06:00

SERAME LETSOAKA, coach of Bloemfontein Celtic, has set his charges the compelling task of collecting 14 points in the remaining six matches in their tough battle to retain Premier Soccer League status.

The target means Phunya Sele Sele will endure the struggle against relegation until the end of the current season.

If the Mangaung giants attain the target of securing 14 points, they will finish the season on 44 points.

Given the target set for them, a draw should be the worst result for Letsoaka in the six tough remaining league fixtures, which include Sunday’s (17/04) encounter against relegation-bound University of Pretoria.

The two face off in the Dr R.T. Molemela Stadium.

Letsoaka’s team fell short of attaining this target when they drew nil-nil with Lamontville Golden Arrows in last Sunday’s (10/04) encounter on their home turf.

The result saw the two teams under former coaches Clinton Larsen, currently with Arrows, and Letsoaka, of Celtic, also watch their clubs finish the game with ten men after both had a player sent off.

Celtic’s captain, Bevan Fransman, was sent off seven minutes before half-time.

The visitors, Arrows, were reduced to ten men when Nkanyiso Mngwengwe was given marching orders 14 minutes before the end of the game.

Fransman’s suspension for two matches leaves Celtic depleted in the defense department.

The Mangaung lads continue their tough mission this Sunday (17/04) when they host an equally desperate side in the University of Pretoria, led by erstwhile Celtic striker Shaun Bartlett.

Six points separate the two teams, with Celtic having 26 points on position 12 and the University of Pretoria with 20 points on position 14.

Both Phunya Sele Sele and Tuks need a threshold of 35 points to be clear of relegation.

Celtic has a realistic chance to attain this threshold if

they win three matches, including Sunday’s encounter against the visitors from Pretoria, Tuks.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 15:00.

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