Larsen mounts a Mulenga defence
Thursday, February 23, 2012 (09:34)
Clifford Mulenga @Backpagepix
Clifford Mulenga @Backpagepix

Bloemfontein Celtic coach, Clinton Larsen has come to the defence of his troubled star and Zambian international, Clifford Mulenga.

Mulenga was kicked out of the Zambian champ following what the team referred to as a disciplinary problem.

However, his club coach, Larsen had nothing ugly to say about his offensive midfielder following their 2-2 draw against Black Leopards on Wednesday night.

“Clifford has been fantastic for us this season,” Larsen told PSL.co.za last night.

The Celtic boss applauded Mulenga for his performance.

“He has been a model professional and a man to lead the side when we needed him most. He’s been working hard at training and now the rewards are there for everyone to see.

“I’m really happy with his performance and I hope he can continue to do the job for us.”

Pleased with performance

Following his side’s 2-2 draw against Leopards in the Absa Premiership at Peter Mokaba last night, Larsen said he was not disappointed with his charges despite conceding a last minute equalizer against Black Leopards.

‘Siwelele’ seemed to be destined for all three points leading 2-1 courtesy of two well taken headers from Eric Mathoho and Letladi Madubanya, only to see Joshua Obaje restore parity with just two minutes of injury time remaining.

“Credit must go to the opposition that they never stopped fighting. A point on the road and I’m quite satisfied with that, not too happy but not disappointed.

“ My players did their best and I feel they did everything they could and should be commended for a job well done away from home.”

One stand out player on the night for the visitors was Zambian international Mulenga who created both goals for Celtic on the night.

The Bloemfontein side will welcome a wounded Platinum Stars at the Botshabelo stadium on Sunday and Larsen is anticipating a gruelling clash against the side from Phokeng who lost 4-3 to Orlando Pirates last night.

“Their loss to Pirates tonight does not make it any easy for us at all. A team that is fighting for their lives, but we have an impressive home record and I’m sure that will put us in good stead going into this match.

“We expect a tough match that’s for sure, and I’m sure we’ll get the job done.” said the team coach

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