Celtic explain Mahlasela's absence

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'Skipper', as the Orlando Pirates development product is affectionately known, was one of the most influential players in taking Siwelele to the TKO final but strangely was overlooked last weekend's showdown.

"It's always a tactical approach you know," Maduka tells KickOff.com.

"Just like any other player Mahlasela knows and understands that there are times you can be part of the starting 11 and sometimes you can sit on the bench. As coaches we know the reason why we had to do it that way on Saturday because sometimes it depends on the kind of opposition you are playing against. So it's more of a tactical approach."

The former Malawi international says Phunya Sele Sele must put their cup disappointment behind them as they prepare for Sunday's visit of Free State Stars in the league. Celtic were meant to play AmaZulu in midweek but the match was called off due to bad weather.

"It's always difficult you know, especially after you have lost a final that you thought maybe you'll do better in you know. But we've worked on it and the players understand that the cup is now over. It's time for the marathon that is the league. We must now turn our focus to the league. The result that happened in the final is now history. We must look forward now to the new challenge."

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