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Celtic Aim At Chippa United

  • Bloemfontein Celtic head to Harry Gwala Stadium with the hope of securing points away from home to improve their position on the Absa Premier League.

Bloemfontein Celtic thrashed Highlands Park 3-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr. Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday evening.

The victory took Phunya Sele Sele to ninth position on the league standings, while the Lions of the North slipped down to fifth.

Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema conceded that he was not expecting an easy encounter against Chippa, saying any team was much stronger on its home turf.

“Much as we are much stronger at home, the same applies to Chippa and every other team in the league. So yes, we are definitely expecting a tough match against them.

“We’ve bagged the much needed three points and we are hoping to go for all three, if not, get a point and continue to make our way into that Top 8 spot which is where we want to see ourselves,” he noted. 

Ahead of the match, which promises thrills, Seema heads into the encounter injury-free, which affords him the ability to field his best team against the ever-unpredictable United.

Equally ready for the task is United head coach, Eric Tinkler. 

Tinkler said he expects his men to show a greater sense of urgency in the attack against Phunya Sele Sele. The Team of Choice extended their unbeaten run in the Absa Premiership to four matches, and also kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league with the stalemate at the Orlando Stadium also on Tuesday.

And while a point on the road against a team of Pirates’ statue was a decent result, Eric feels Bucs were potentially there for the taking and that his players should have done more to try and secure victory.

“We weren’t very good to be brutally honest. I don’t think we played with the intensity required,” he pointed out.

“In the first half, there were so many opportunities on the transition to really go and hurt them. But we didn’t really show the intent, something we hoping to get right as we face Celtic,” said Tinkler.

Richard Ofori who was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award against Pirates, will once again be expected to be at his best against the ever attacking Celtic. 

Maritzburg has the best defense in the league, with just five goals conceded in nine matches.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi