Celtic face Maritzburg

2016-02-17 06:00
GOAL-SHY: Lerato Lamola will be expected to find his scoring boots when Bloemfontein Celtic face Maritzburg United on Sunday.  Photo: Charle Lombard

GOAL-SHY: Lerato Lamola will be expected to find his scoring boots when Bloemfontein Celtic face Maritzburg United on Sunday. Photo: Charle Lombard

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BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC will be out to end their winless streak in the Absa Premiership when they welcome Maritzburg United to the Dr Rantlai Molemela Stadium on Sunday (21/02), kick-off is at 15:30.

Phunya Sele Sele are currently in 11th place on the log with 22 points from 19 matches, with seven of them ending in draws and another seven in losses – while they have registered only five wins so far this season.

The 1-0 loss to Chippa United in their last league outing this past Sunday (14/02) means Serame Letsoaka’s men have now gone three matches without collecting maximum points.

“I thought it’s a game that could have gone either way. Chippa took control of the game after 20 minutes, but we were on top of them in the last five minutes of the first half,” Letsoaka stated after the game.

“We started the second half in an okay way. But we could not connect, we could not string the passes together. Unfortunately we conceded a goal at the death and lost the match,” he said.

The former Golden Arrows coach admitted that the injury to their hitman Abdoul Razak in the opening stage of Sunday’s match had been a big blow for them.

“His injury affected our plans as we were forced to make an early substitute,” he said.

Regarding their upcoming fixture against Maritzburg, whom they defeated 2-0 in the first round in September last year, Letsoaka says they are approaching the clash as a new game and not relying on previous statistics.

“It’s going to be another tough game. With three players out for that particular match we will definitely be under pressure. But we are going to look at how we prepare for them and rearrange the team going forward, and then we’ll take it from there,” said Letsoaka.

Maritzburg are the side who is desperate for maximum points as they are propping up the log. They have managed to collect nine points after 18 matches.

Ernst Middendorp’s side are also on an 11-match losing streak. Their last and only win in the league this season was a 1-0 win over the University of Pretoria on 8 November last year.

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