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Jacky Motshegwa explains Bloemfontein Celtic revival

Posted: 28 November 2017 Time: 13:30

Bloemfontein Celtic are benefitting from shrewd off-season signings, according to midfielder Jacky Motshegwa.

Celtic, who flirted with relegation last term, are impressing under new coach Veselin Jelusic as they prepare to face Bidvest Wits in the Telkom Knockout final at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday (18h00).

Phunya Sele Sele recruited a raft of players following their struggles in 2016/17, including ex-Orlando Pirates man Motshegwa, Lucky Baloyi and former Platinum Stars striker Ndumiso Mabena.

Serbian mentor Jelusic took over the reins in July from caretaker boss Lehlohonolo Seema, who steered the side with John Maduka after the sacking of Serame Letsoaka in October 2016.

"I think the club made good signings this season," said Motshegwa, who was on target in their TKO opener with SuperSport United last month.

"Last season they were struggling but the management made good signings for this season. I'm not saying they were not good players but they were not getting results. The coach as well has been doing a very good job since he came in.

"Players also have been putting a lot of work in at training and it's really showing off in the matches, the way we play as a team. Team work is what has been making sure that we get results."

Meanwhile, Motshegwa, who has scored twice this season, has ample respect for the star-studded Students despite their position at the foot of the Premiership table.

"As a team we've been working very hard and I know we lost against Pirates," he said referring to a 1-0 league home defeat to Pirates this past Sunday.

"Wits are an experienced team. They have been playing cup finals for the past couple of seasons now. They got a good team with a lot of experienced players with the likes of Daine Klate, Bongani Khumalo, Steven Pienaar, you can name them. But the boys are ready for the match and I'm pretty sure that we can do the job on Saturday."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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