Experience vital

2020-02-05 06:01
Bloemfontein Celtic captain Ndumiso Mabena will spearhead his team against AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup last-32 stage on Saturday (08/02) in Bloemfontein.Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Celtic captain Ndumiso Mabena will spearhead his team against AmaZulu in the Nedbank Cup last-32 stage on Saturday (08/02) in Bloemfontein.Photo: Teboho Setena

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The experience of Bloemfontein Celtic captain Ndumiso Mabena will be vital in the club’s pursuit of Nedbank Cup glory.

Phunya Sele Sele are gearing up for a tough fixture against AmaZulu on Saturday (08/02).

The knockout fixture will take place at the Dr RP Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. Kick-off is at 15:00. The winner will secure a spot in the last-16 stage of the competition, which offers the champion a chance to compete for the continental title.

Celtic won the tournament in 1985, when it was known as the Mainstay Cup due to sponsorship rights. This was the maiden trophy the Mangaung giants won. However, in recent years, the trophy has eluded Phunya Sele Sele.

In the quest for glory, Celtic will look to captain Mabena for inspiration. The prolific mid-fielder is a seasoned campaigner who has won major trophies with former team Orlando Pirates.

Mabena’s ability to score goals and create opportunities for the team, as well as dictate terms, has made him the club’s trump-card – inspiring Celtic to win vital league matches during the current season.

Mabena is yet to win a trophy with Phunya Sele Sele since joining the club in 2017. He came close in 2017 when Celtic lost against Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout Cup final.

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