Celtic eyes semifinal

2019-08-14 06:00

Bloemfontein Celtic will look to the 2019 MTN 8 Cup for some redemption.

This is one of the competitions in the country’s elite football rank, offering R8 million in prize money.

Phunya Sele Sele last won this trophy, then known as the SAA Supa 8 Cup, in 2005.

In the final, the Mangaung side beat SuperSport United by 1 – 0 in a packed Olën Park Stadium in Potchefstroom.

Phunya Sele Sele starts its quest to redeem the cup with a fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The outing, a quarter-final of the tournament dubbed Wafa-Wafa, is set for Sunday (18/08) at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.

The winner will progress to the semifinal.

The tournament sponsor MTN, along with the Premier Soccer League (PSL), announced at the launch on Wednesday (07/09) that the winning club was guaranteed R8 million.

The runner-up and other six clubs will get the same participation fee worth R800 000.

Of the teams competing in this year’s tournament, only Orlando Pirates has won it twice under the new title sponsor.

Three teams have won it once, namely Cape Town City, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits.

The remaining clubs, Polokwane City, Sundowns, Celtic and Highlands Park, are yet to lift the prized trophy.

Celtic will be looking to rewrite history by progressing to the semifinal at Sundowns’ expense.

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