Patrick “Safe hands” Tignyemb hopes Bloemfontein Celtic take another step towards ending a seven-year trophy drought when Siwelele welcome Orlando Pirates to the Free State Stadium for their Telkom Knockout Cup quarterfinal tie on Sunday afternoon.
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The ambitious Bloemfontein side have never won any major silverware since their SAA Supa8 Cup success in 2005, but Tignyemb is convinced that Phunya Sele Sele will march all the way to the final and win the competition.
The reliable shot-stopper knows how much cup glory would mean to everyone at the club this season.
“We're ready and we're looking forward to the match and it's going to be a great occasion for everybody. But you can only enjoy it if you win it. We’ll go all out for a win on Sunday and take another step towards ending our cup drought. We want to lift the Telkom Knockout Cup on December 1. Hopefully we can achieve success and if we can do that, then great,” Tignyemb tells bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za
"I think cup glory is very important. Everybody dreams about that as a kid, whether players, managers, coaches or fans. Winning this trophy will mean a lot to our loyal fans. We want to give them an early Christmas gift. Every year you enter these cup competitions, you hope that you can win them and failure to do so will not be due to a lack of will,”
Tignyemb is well aware of the Bucs' abilities; however, he is optimistic Celtic will progress to the semi-finals at the expense of the defending champions.
“Pirates are a good side with quality players but I’m positive we will defeat them. They must forget about defending their title. We are going to make things difficult for them. They won’t know what hit them at the end of the match.”
Meanwhile, tickets for the match are available from CompuTicket outlets and Shoprite stores throughout the country.
The media and invited VIPs are urged to use At Horak Street’s entrance to get into the stadium. No person will be allowed to park inside the venue without producing a parking pass.