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Veselin Jelusic says Bloemfontein Celtic need to respect Polokwane City's threat ahead of Telkom Knockout

Posted: 16 November 2017 Time: 18:30

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Veselin Jelusic says Telkom Knockout semi-final opponents Polokwane City showed they are dangerous by beating Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates earlier in the season.

City beat Sundowns 2-1 in the Absa Premiership before edging Pirates on penalties in the TKO following a 2-2 draw.

Celtic will battle Rise and Shine at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a place in the final, where they could meet either Bidvest Wits or Kaizer Chiefs.

"We are well on track for this game, we have a respect for our opponents. It is the team that won the league game against Mamelodi Sundowns and in this cup competition beating Orlando Pirates," said Jelusic, whose side can draw encouragement from a 2-1 win over the hosts in the Premiership in September.

"I think it'll be a very tough game for both sides but we are preparing for this game and I hope we'll do our best.

"Every game is a new story. As we said before, I respect Polokwane and we are under no illusion that it'll be a very, very tough game. So we are ready to fight until the end of the game."

Jelusic and City striker Rodney Ramagalela were recently named the Absa Premiership manager and player of the month for October respectively.

The Serbian feels it would be dangerous to only focus on the PSL top scorer.

"We know Polokwane, they have a lot of good players, not only Ramagalela, but many, many other good players," he added.

"Our approach will depend also on the pace of the game, it'll depend also on how Polokwane will approach the game."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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