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Bloemfontein Celtic team manager John Maduka claims there are no easy games in the Premier Soccer League

Posted: 12 November 2017 Time: 16:00

Bloemfontein Celtic team manager John Maduka gave short shrift to the notion the team was happy to avoid meeting Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.

Phunya Sele Sele were paired up with Polokwane City in the last-four of the competition, while Wits will battle Chiefs for a spot in the final.

Maduka expects a stern test at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium this coming weekend against Rise and Shine, who eliminated Orlando Pirates on penalties in the quarter-finals.

"They are a good team," Maduka tells KickOff.com. "They are not easy to beat, especially when they are playing at their home ground. So we are expecting a very tough game but we believe in the players we have. We are capable of getting a very good result.

"In this league I can't say we are happy to avoid Chiefs or Wits. I mean Polokwane City beat Pirates; there is no way you can run away from that. So, we are ready for anyone else who comes and this time it happens to be Polokwane City. So we need to deal with Polokwane City and see how everything goes. Anyone could have been okay because at the end of the day there are only four teams, and in these four teams you can't choose. All the other three teams, they are equally good teams.

"Polokwane City is a very good team, Kaizer Chiefs a very good team... and for these teams to be where they are today it means they've been doing very well. So, there is not any team that can be undermined. They are there because they've done well in their previous games, that's why they've managed to reach the stage where they are," concludes the Malawian, who also serves as an assistant to Premiership Coach of the Month Veselin Jelusic.

Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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