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AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson felt the gods were smiling on Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 7 December 2017 Time: 11:00

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson felt Bloemfontein Celtic were there for the taking last night but mother nature had other ideas.

Usuthu were meant to host Celtic in the league but the match was called off by referee Jelly Chavani in Umlazi, Durban after heavy rain rendered the pitch unplayable at King Zwelithini Stadium.

Johnson believes Phunya Sele Sele were vulnerable following their Telkom Knockout final loss to Bidvest Wits at Princess Magogo Stadium on the weekend.

"We knew that they were coming from a final that they didn't win and it was always going to be a problem for them," said Johnson.

"How were they going to redeem themselves, it was not going to be with us at King Zwelithini. We put the best team forward. We were ready, we were ready, ready to play the game but unfortunately nature takes its course sometimes and we got to adhere to it.

"It's like they say, one thing that a man cannot predict it's death and it is the same thing that governed here. You cannot predict rain, you cannot predict lightning.

"We are a little bit disappointed but you cannot be overly disappointed when the acts of God take its course. So the official statement is that the ref called the game off and it'll have to be rescheduled at another time, probably not this year but next year we will play." 

The former SuperSport United coach will now prepare his side for Saturday's game with Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.

"The players expected different training tomorrow. It's more of recovery normally and then you train in Johannesburg again on the Friday. Just a little bit of preparation in order to make the minds ready on Saturday," Johnson added.

"But it gives us more training and in some moments it can be a plus. Also a plus is that they haven't been playing, so maybe we'll need to change the team when we go to Orlando Pirates."

The ex-Platinum Stars mentor, who said before the game against Celtic that his squad had a clean bill of health, has since confirmed that star midfielder Jabulani Ncobeni will be out for the rest of the year.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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