Celtic women’s team on track

2019-11-13 06:01
Bloemfontein Celtic women team’s Zihle Chabaku and Bambanani Mbane (front).Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Celtic women team’s Zihle Chabaku and Bambanani Mbane (front).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Bloemfontein Celtic women’s football team is back on track in the Safa National Women’s League championship after recovering from back-to-back defeats.

Celtic suffered the two defeats in Bloemfontein against First Touch Academy (1 – 3) and Mamelodi Sundowns (0 – 1).

The team luckily recovered before the end of the first round on 28 November.

After the two losses to top opponents, Celtic showed regained power, collecting maximum points to narrow the gap between them and table toppers Mamelodi Sundowns and second place Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Celtic returned to winning ways with wins over Golden Ladies (2 – 0) and Richmond Ladies (5 – 2).

The victories have seen them reclaim third position in this newly formed South African professional women’s football league.

The Bloemfontein-based side is now 8 and 10 points behind second position TUT (on 25 points) and current log leaders Sundowns (on 27 points). Celtic boast 17 points in the bag.

Celtic’s forthcoming two matches of the first-round against the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Saturday (16/11) and Cola City Girls on Saturday, 23 November, are crucial in narrowing the gap.

The fixture against Mpumalanga-based side Coal City in Bloemfontein will be the local women’s third at home. Celtic is yet to win at home.

There is a sigh of relief on the part of Celtic coach Edwin Lisene because the team is now save from relegation, with the only immediate task of consolidating its position on the log in its ambitious attempt to claim the inaugural Safa National Women’s League title.

“The players gradually adapt to the stiff competition and we want to remain on track to finish in a good position to qualify for good incentives,” said Lisene.

He hopes his chargers would continue the onslaught in Sunday’s encounter with Gaunteng-based opponents UJ, presently notched sixth on the log ladder with 15 points.

The 12-league clubs’ competition’s second round leads to the finish in March 2020.

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