Celtic ready to test log leaders

2019-10-16 06:02
Bloemfontein Celtic women’s team defenders Bambanani Mbane (left) and Zihle Chabaku, both in green, tussle for an aerial ball with First Touch Academy goal-getter Noko Matlou (red) during a Safa Women’s National League fixture played in Bloemfontein on Saturday (12/10).Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Celtic women’s team defenders Bambanani Mbane (left) and Zihle Chabaku, both in green, tussle for an aerial ball with First Touch Academy goal-getter Noko Matlou (red) during a Safa Women’s National League fixture played in Bloemfontein on Saturday (12/10).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Bloemfontein Celtic women’s football team are awaiting a super-charged Women’s National League match against tough opponents Mamelodi Sundowns.

The fixture is on Saturday (19/10) at the Central University of Technology Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Celtic wants to bring an end to the winning streak of Sundowns, who are looking to extend their unbeaten run to stay clear off the chasing pack.

The visitors from Pretoria are yet to lose in the competition and are currently riding the crest of the wave with 18 points.

They are seven points adrift Celtic whose unbeaten record was crushed by First Touch Academy from Limpopo in a match played on Saturday (12/10) in Bloemfontein. First Touch won by 3 – 1 in that match, which was Celtic’s first home fixture.

Celtic have only themselves to blame for the defeat, given they failed dismally to convert numerous scoring chances created especially in the first stanza of the encounter.

The inability to convert those chances saw First Touch gradually take control and ultimately collected the maximum three points.

This will be the first meeting between the teams in this first round of the 12-teams league competition played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa).

The Celtic women’s team coach Edwin Lisene blames complacency in the camp for the crucial loss against First Touch.

The win saw the Limpopo side tied with Celtic on 11 points. Celtic are third and First Touch are fourth on the log after six games.

Lisene is however confident that his players will rise to the occasion against log leaders Sundowns.

“We have played tough games since the start of the league, as opposed to Sundowns, who played teams not in the top-six and won all the matches, hence they are top of the table,” said Lisene.

“I believe we are the team to test Sundowns in this league. The loss against First Touch prepared us for the tough match against Sundowns.”

Sundowns have the edge due to their superior 22 goal tally and solid defence. They have conceded just two goals in six league matches played thus far.

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