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Match report: Bloemfontein Celtic beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1

Posted: 16 September 2012 Time: 17:01

Goals in the second half from Lennox Bacela and Lerato Manzini handed Bloemfontein Celtic a come-from-behind win over Ajax Cape Town on Sunday.

Granwald Scott scored the opener just before half-time.

Concerns over the state of the Free State Stadium pitch circulated before the game, as a rugby match was held there the night before, but nonetheless the Urban Warriors were determined to continue the form from their 4-1 win over Platinum Stars.

And they got off to a great start when Khama Billiat came close to scoring in the 10th minute. The Zimbabwean fired in a low shot from just outside the box after he met a headed ball from Koen van de Laak, following an excellent cross by Paul Rusike.

A minute later, Letladi Madubanya became the first player to be shown yellow for a tackle on Van de Laak, before Aiden Jenniker limped off on 26 minutes, to be replaced by Thato Mokeke.

It took Celtic half an hour to get into the game, when Ruzaigh Gamildien hit a low shot at goal, but Sean Roberts was equal to the task.

Ajax's efforts were eventually rewarded when Scott hit an unstoppable volley from outside the box into the net, leaving Patrick Tignyemb helpless.

Manzini came on in place of Mduduzi Nyanda at the start of the second half, and Celtic came out revived.

The home side equalised soon after the restart. Roberts rushed off his line to gather a ball, but the state of the field caused him to slip, and the ball hit the crossbar, allowing Bacela to head home easily from a metre out.

Roberts made amends for his earlier error when he made a great save, pulling the ball out from under the bar.

But the result turned in favour of Celtic when Manzini sliced the ball through Roberts' legs 15 minutes from time.

Billiat went to ground 10 minutes later, but Ajax's penalty appeals were waved away by the referee and it was the Phunya Sele Sele who celebrated the three points.

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posted: 06:22 pm
PSL faces shut down threat

Ntombi Moleme - City Press
Johannesburg - The multibillion-rand Premier Soccer League (PSL) is facing its biggest revolt since its formation in 1996.

National First Division (NFD) clubs have threatened to bring PSL fixtures to a complete standstill after accusing members of the elite league of reneging on agreements reached at a special annual general meeting on
August 28.

The 16 chairpersons of the PSL clubs and the equal number of NFD club chairpersons belong to a structure called the National Soccer League (NSL).

At the meeting, it was agreed the NFD would be a stand-alone league running its own affairs.

It was also agreed a sum of R115m, contained in the NSL’s Solidarity Fund, would be given to NFD clubs to run their own league.

Following the meeting, the PSL issued a fixture list for the NFD’s kickoff this weekend after the kickoff date had been postponed indefinitely.

However, this week, clubs vowed they will not honour these fixtures until the details contained in a “doctored” PSL statement were rectified.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an NFD club official said: “The PSL went on to announce things that were not agreed upon. The issue of grants and prize monies were a total misrepresentation.”

He alleged it was never agreed the R1m first prize for the NFD winners was to be paid from the R115m, but was to come from the PSL coffers.

The league’s statement said there would also be a R250 000 prize for quarterly winners, also to come from the Solidarity Fund.

This is in line with the Q-Innovation announced by the PSL two months ago in which PSL quarterly winners win R1.5m and a journalist who correctly predicts the leader at the quarterly stage will pocket R500 000.

Another agreement not disputed at this stage was the increase of NFD clubs’ monthly grants from R250 000 to R300 000.

PSL clubs get R1.5m per month.

“We will cause havoc if they don’t rectify the current issues. They must be aware the Premiership cannot go ahead if there is no clear promotion and relegation policy. The current situation means there will be no relegation and promotion.

“How much will be left if we use this once-off payment (from the Solidarity Fund) for prize monies? The agreement was the money will be used to run the office and the prize money and grants will come from the PSL,” added the source.

The NFD has been running with no sponsorship since 2007 when Mvelaphanda pulled out.

PSL’s head of communications Connie Motshumi insisted that NFD league fixtures would kick off this weekend as planned.

“We sent out fixtures and as far as we are concerned nothing has changed,” she insisted.

But none of the games scheduled for yesterday kicked off.

The NSL also formed a six-member committee made up of Kaizer Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs), John Comitis (Ajax Cape Town), Mato Madlala (Golden Arrows), Jabu Khumalo (African Warriors), Pierre Delvaux (Thanda Royal Zulu) and Pat Malabela (Dynamos). Motaung, the PSL’s finance committee chairperson, is the convenor.

Last month, the NSL granted the NFD clubs their wish to become a stand-alone structure.

The development means the NFD has also obtained control over commercial and marketing activities that directly affect it, such as the power to obtain sponsorship and television coverage for the league.

Dynamos owner Malabela said: “There are still outstanding issues between the NFD and PSL and the league would not kick off.”

He refused to elaborate.

“The matter has to be discussed first, then the PSL will issue a statement. I can’t confirm issues that were discussed in the meeting,” added Malabela.

I bet the anonymous individual is Jomo himself. He's got guts this Outopie yong.
posted: 06:42 pm
Less concern. Celtic useless.

Khosi la mampela
posted: 07:41 am
@ma-hd y comment then? u sound lyk a very stupid man, keep ur lousy comments 2 urself.
posted: 08:35 am
well done Siwelele. chilli boys ur next.
posted: 08:38 am
I hope Larsen has seen how Lerato changed the complexion of the game. next game start the attack with Lerato and Lentjies. Bacela can watch from the stand.
posted: 08:49 am
ha ha ha ha @TC u dreamn if u thnk larsen will get rid of his favourite kid, whether he's selfish ot not bacela will make every startn line-up dis season o tla bona. da sooner we accept gire larsen will not take dis tim anywjere da better
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