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24/02/2008 15:45

Celtic fans were in full voice today.

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Celtic triumph over AmaZulu

Posted: 24 February 2008 Time: 18:27

Bloemfontein Celtic won their first match in 2008 with a 3-2 win over AmaZulu at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Mangaung, just outside Bloemfontein, on Sunday afternoon.

Celtic took an early lead through Darren Smith in the 5th minute as he turned Lebohang Kukame's cross home from close range. The home team went two goals up just prior to half time courtesy of an own goal, and went further ahead in the 66th minute after some good work from John Maduka saw him start off a move and finish it off.

Celtic then took their foot off the pedal and a number of their players, lead by Kleinbooi Taaiboos and Lebohang Kukame began showboating, which angered their coach Khabo Zondo who substituted the pair.

Celtic's lax attitude in the final few minutes of the match lead to Dumisani Ngwenya scoring two late goals, which drew Khabo Zondo to lash out at his team for not scoring more goals and trying to improve their current negative goal deficit.

Smith got Celtic off to the best possible start just five minutes into the game. He got his name onto the scoreboard when he drilled home Lebohang Kukame's cross from the right. Kukame had initially done well to block down an AmaZulu clearance and, once he blocked the ball, he raced to it and quickly looked up before sending the ball towards Smith who from just a few yards out was never going to miss.

AmaZulu seemed all at sea in coping with Bloemfontein Celtic early on, and took time to find their feet.

But they managed to come close to an equalizer in the ninth minute, when Maleka played Ngwenya into space on the right wing. He picked the ball up and swung it back towards Maleka who was bearing down on the goal. Omony in the Celtic goal came out and got a touch to the ball but it still managed to reach Maleka, but he could not direct his header and knocked the ball wide.

AmaZulu were two goals down just before halftime against the run of play; they were controlling possession and beginning to get back into the game. But then it was heartbreak for Clive Barkers’ team in the 43rd minute. Taaiboos from the right knocked the ball goalwards trying to pick out Smith, but instead AmaZulu keeper Kalililo Kakonje got a hand to the ball and tried push it out, only for it to hit the shins of his own defender Pere Ariweriayi, who was being put under pressure by Smith at the time, and cross the line. Celtic lead two nil at the break.

Just over an hour had lapsed when the Malawian John Maduka gave Celtic a comfortable three goal lead, after playing a one two just outside the AmaZulu penalty area with Kukame.

Maduka brought through the opposition defence and from just inside the AmaZulu 18 yard area shot for goal, Kakonje stuck a hand out and got to the ball but the sheer power of the shot saw it go beyond the keeper and spin over the line to put what Celtic would have thought was daylight between them and AmaZulu.

Celtic spurned a number of chances and the signs were beginning to show that AmaZulu were going to finish the match strongly, first John Moshoeu forced Omony into making a save off his volley in the 77th minute.

Then just as injury time started Dumisani Ngwenya was put through on goal and side footed the ball under Omony to score his eight goal of the season.

Deeper into injury time and he completed his brace after Moshoeu had headed Issah's cross towards him, from all of eight yards out he drilled the ball into the roof of the net to set up a nervous ending to the match for Celtic.

In the end the home team managed to hang on to the win but their defensive lapses do not make for good reading and Khabo Zondo still has a lot of work to do to ensure that his team can secure a top eight finish.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:16 pm
FREE STATE IS MY HOME..BOYZ LETS DO THIS, BUT CELTIC COMES 2ND 2 STARS,SEEMS LIKE I'M FORCED TO SUPPORT MY HOME TEAMS INSTEAD OF MY LEGENTARY CHIEFS. IF THEIR ACT IS NOT RITE BY THE END OF THIS SEASON, I'M TAKING FS STARS.
Anonymous
posted: 08:19 pm
I'M GONNA SUE KICK-OFF 4 MISLEADING ME. WHICH TEAM WON HERE? LOOK AT THE HEADING AND COMPARE TO GOAL SCORERS DOWN HERE, FLIP, U GUYZ R TWISTED.
Anonymous
posted: 04:05 am
O a hlanya wena Kay! Cant u see dat (DF Pere Ariweriyai) is written in red to show an own goal! U moegoe
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 am
Celtic are not serious about collecting points, Amazulu needed only Extra five minutes to win the game. Their (Celti)defence is a serious concern, How do you conceded 2 goals in 10 minutes, they start playing Mzansi footbal (Dribbling wth no Direction), thanks to the coach who sunstituted thopse culprits(Kukame & Rooibos)that was very stupid. Insted of killing their oponets 10-0, They do funny things, any way thats Mzansi's football,
Anonymous
posted: 10:08 pm
Sokhela has no control over amazulu. Spar are the real owners. The final say comes from Greame. Players do not like both Faya and Barker. The narrow margin defeats are proof to dislike of the Technical team.BaRKER IS HERE TO STAY as long the Spar is there.They have used the financial problems of Sokhela against Malabela to their advantage to blackmail him. Do as great giants have done Motsepe fires Igesund Motaung has tounge-lashed the Ertugal whereas the darling of Spar Barker has received a pat on the shoulders for blaming players and failure to give professional training to players.If the team goes down to mudslinging like lat season in Cape Town no one to blame except the voiceless chairman who never anticipate failure of his employees. Spar have failed Amazulu for many years including Barker even during Bikitsha's time. They have tried to backstabSokhela by trying to buyAMazulu during the bad spells with malabela and they finally succeeded to be sponsors and now they are calling the shorts. Sokhela 1) fire your Barker anf Fire2) dismantle partnership with Spar 3)as Chairman have your final say4) three years waiting for Spar to move out is too long.
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