Celtic seek win over Chiefs


Kick-off is at 15h30.

‘Siwelele’ are seeking their first league win of the season, having suffered three defeats in their first four 2008/09 Absa Premiership matches. The popular Bloemfontein club currently lie bottom of the league standings.

Soweto giants Chiefs have not fared much better. The Amakhosi have at least claimed a league victory, but they, like Celtic, have suffered three defeats. They are 13th on the log.

The sides had contrasting fortunes in the recent first round of the Telkom Knockout Cup. While Chiefs went down 4-1 to Golden Arrows, Celtic managed an impressive 5-0 victory over Santos, though the Cape side did have two men sent off in the match.

The teams have played each other 41 times in the league since 1985.

Amakhosi have definitely had the better of Phunya Sele Sele, winning 24 matches to Celtic’s nine and outscoring them 60 goals to 30.

Celtic have not beaten Chiefs in the league since the first half of the 2006/07 season, and one has to go back as far as 1998/99 for Phunya Sele Sele’s next most recent PSL win over the Amakhosi.

The teams last met in a home game for Chiefs in the second half of last season, and the Soweto giants won 2-0 thanks to goals from Arthur Zwane and Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Amakhosi’s Siphiwe Tshabalala has already said that he and his teammates are ready to bounce back in Bloemfontein following their loss last weekend.

“We remain a united front and working towards bouncing back when we meet Celtic”, he said pouring water to reports that there is animosity in the camp.

“We all know that the loss against Arrows was bad but we have put that behind us. We have been working hard at training.

“We know that we have to turn the corner and those who have written us off, they are doing so in their own peril,” warned the Soweto born winger.