Celtic still a headache

2016-04-20 06:00
BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC’S troubled head coach, Serame Letsoaka. Photo: Teboho Setena

BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC’S troubled head coach, Serame Letsoaka. Photo: Teboho Setena

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THE Bloemfontein Celtic players’ inability to execute the game plan, notable in the misfiring by strikers and troubled decision-making, continue to cause their head coach, Serame Le­tsoaka, a headache.

This inability sees the team not profiting from all the energy channelled into their preparation. The inability to execute the game plan, as was the case in previous matches, continued in Phunya Sele Sele’s 1-1 draw against University of Pretoria FC in Sunday’s crucial Premier Soccer League match played at the Dr R.T. Molemela Stadium.

Misfiring by strikers saw the host failing to wrap up the match in the first stanza as mentor Letsoaka rued the wasted chances.

The team’s inability to execute the game plan was in full display against the visitors from Tuks.

This was one of the must-win fixtures for Celtic, but the team failed to impose themselves when it mattered most.

After dominating in the first segment, Letsoaka’s boys found themselves chasing the score-line after conceding a goal just before half-time. The visitors capitalised on the lapses of concentration in the defense department.

However, Vuyani Ntanga, who came on as a late substitute, rescued his team from a possible defeat when he beat the visitors’ keeper with a brilliant free kick, much to the delight of the home supporters and his team.

The result was certainly a breath of relief in the panicked Celtic camp, who are still faced with the mammoth task of collecting maximum points to avoid the dreaded relegation to the lower league.

The result saw Celtic again fall short in achieving the compelling task of collecting maximum points in their remaining league fixtures. Celtic are left with matches before the end of the season and are desperate to attain at least 35 points to be safe from the big chop.

The worries persist for Letsoaka and Celtic, as well as the club’s die-hard supporters, who are also unable to hide their frustration. The Mangaung outfit’s mentor has joined the chorus of fellow coaches, bitterly lamenting the misfiring by strikers.

“Decision-making and the lack of converting chances created are costing us and has added unnecessary pressure on us. We are making it difficult for ourselves, continuing to attack from congested areas instead of exploiting the weaknesses of opponents,” he said.

Letsoaka is hopeful they will turn the tide against gutsy Jomo Cosmos, who are equally desperate for points to avoid relegation. The two are seven points adrift – Celtic rooted on the 12th with 27 points and Cosmos on 15th position with 20 points.

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