We won’t go down – Jimmy
Posted: 19 February 2009 Time: 6:32 am
Bloemfontein Celtic boss Jimmy Augousti believes that his team has what it takes to avoid the dreaded relegation axe.
The Free State side avoided relegation by a whisker last season and they find themselves rooted in second last spot in the Absa Premiership with only nine matches to play before the season ends.
However, Augousti is confident that Celtic will remain in the Absa Premiership no matter what.
Phunya Sele Sele showed a great fighting spirit, determination and character when they came from behind to register an emphatic 4-1 victory over high-flying Moroka Swallows at their “slaughterhouse”, the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, on Wednesday.
“The win over Swallows is great motivation for the club. Nobody gave us a chance of beating them, but we managed to collect three points.
“We intend to pocket all the points available from now on. We want to climb up the ladder and finish the season in a respectable position,” Augousti tells KickOff.com.
“We’ll take each game is it comes and I hope we win all our remaining matches. We won’t go down! We belong to the elite division and I don’t know how we got to the bottom of the table. We don’t deserve that position on the table,” he adds with a smile.
_quote Celtic coach Owen da Gama, too, is happy with his boys’ sterling performance against the Dube Birds, who had not lost a single match in the New Year before they crossed swords with Celtic.
But the Bloemfontein outfit has proven to the soccer fraternity that no-one comes back from Seisa alive.
“I’m ecstatic about my players. They worked very hard to ensure that the full points remained here. We were the underdogs going into Wednesday’s game after Swallows’ good run of late,” Da Gama says.
“In football anything is possible. I’ve mentioned before that that somebody should pay a heavy price for our loss against Kaizer Chiefs,” he explains.
“This is not the time for celebrations. We are still in a precarious position on the table. We still have a long way to go and should not be complacent,” Da Gama warns.
“I’m also happy about Tlou Segolela. His performance on the day was unbelievable. He is one of the players I brought to Celtic when I took over the coaching reins.
“He didn’t fit into the Pirates set-up, but I knew he would make a difference at Celtic.
Augousti agrees about the former Pirates striker.
“Segolela is an inspirational sub. He came in as a sub against Chiefs and changed the complexion of the game. We brought him in as a sub against Swallows and he scored a brace. This boy is a fantastic player.”