Maduka hails Celtic's defensive effort

Premiership

Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka was pleased with the defensive display from against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday evening.

Goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane was outstanding in goal for Siwelele before he was replaced early in the second stanza due to a shoulder injury while his substitute Sipho Chaine continued where he left off.

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"I think we played well especially when it comes to defending as a team, not easy to defend against a team of Sundowns' calibre, they go forward in numbers but we managed to deal with them," Maduka told SuperSport TV after the match.

"For us going forward we had chances we could have capitalised on the mistakes that Sundowns made but we did not but a point for us is good especially playing against a team like Sundowns.

"We had to make sure we allow them to have the ball in their own half because we knew that immediately they get into the last third with the runs of [Themba] Zwane, the likes of [Peter] Shalulile, [Kermit] Erasmus they are very difficult to deal with," he explained.

"We had to make sure that we close all the zones that they wanted to exploit and make sure that whenever we win the ball we play on counter-attack and it did well for us.

"They had chances, we also had a couple of chances, they could say the same that they could have scored, we could say we could have scored.

"The one of [Andile] Fikizolo he was supposed to finish, I'm not sure about the offside one, I still have to look at the video clip and we'll take it from there. But I think a point is good for us, we played a very good team of Sundowns but we did manage to deal with them," he added.

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