After four weeks of intensive play in the newly formed South Africa’s professional women’s football league, Bloemfontein Celtic remain among the five teams unbeaten.
The others are Mamelodi Sundowns, Tshwane University of Technology, Coal City Wizards and the University of Cape Town.
The league is a project of the South African Football Association (Safa). It is officially known as the Safa Women’s National League. In total 12 clubs from the nine provinces are part of this league.
The Free State have representation of two clubs, Tsunami Queens from Qwaqwa and Celtic.
Clubs play home and away matches to determine the champions of this competition that officially kicked-off in August.
The five unbeaten clubs are poised to challenge for the league’s title based on their impressive start. Four of them will face off in tough top of the table league fixtures set for Sunday (6/10) at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.
In one of these intriguing matches Celtic and TUT will square off while Sundowns will meet the Western Cape University. Celtic is third on the table on 10 points, 2 points adrift from log-leaders Sundowns and TUT, boasting 12 points respectively. The Mangaung side have won three matches and drew one while their opponents have won all four matches.
Records are expected to tumble in Sunday’s top of the table matches.
Victory will propel Celtic to the second spot on the log while a draw will leave them rooted in third place.
The same scenario will apply for their opponents TUT, who are playing host of these eagerly awaited fixtures.
This will be Celtic’s first official match against TUT. They met previously in friendly games in which Celtic emerged victorious. With this still in mind the hosts, TUT, will be gunning to upstage Celtic who are one of the top-seeded sides in the coun- try having won the national Sasol Women’s League championship twice – 2016 and 2017.
Celtic’s coach, Edwin Lisene, said TUT’s current form was a strong signal that the game will be tough.
“Results of the friendly matches will not count because TUT has improved drastically. They won the 2018 national championship after we failed to defend the crown.
“We must pull out all the stops against them to ensure we remain on course in the title challenge,” said Lisene.
The boisterous Celtic wo-men’s team plans to continue making history by becoming the first team to win the inaugural Safa Women’s National League title.
Celtic’s women’s side has won 12 provincial titles in succession.