Polokwane City tackle confident Celtic

Polokwane City will face off with Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.

Rise and Shine are oozing with confidence as they defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in Pretoria in their previous league game two weeks ago.

The victory took Polokwane to position four on the league table with four points from two games. They are two points behind log leaders Maritzburg United.

Meanwhile, Celtic are still winless in the league after drawing 1-1 with Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban in their previous league match a fortnight ago.

As a result, Celtic are placed ninth on the league standings with two points from two matches. They are only a point behind ninth-placed AmaZulu.

Possible Polokwane XI: Chigova, Semenya, Tshilo, Mbonani, Hlongwane, Mngomezulu, Klaas, Maluleke, Seabi, Manaka, Ramagalela.

Possible Celtic XI: Tignyemb, Letlabika, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Phalane, Baloyi, Motshegwa, Mahlasela, Hotto, Nyundu, Mabena.



Season Result Scorers
2013/14 Polokwane 2-3 Celtic Moloi, Nzimande; Gamildien, Mutuma, Mogorosi
2013/14 Celtic 2-1 Polokwane Mogorosi, Mhango; Mdluli
2014/15 Celtic 5-1 Polokwane Ndengane, Ntanga, Zuma, Motshegwa 2; Jembula
2014/15 Polokwane 3-0 Celtic Maluleke, Tlolane, Alexander
2015/16 Polokwane 3-2 Celtic Maluleke, Shiba, Mncwango; Morena, Lamola
2015/16 Celtic 1-1 Polokwane Lamola; Mncwango
2016/17 Celtic 0-0 Polokwane
2016/17 Polokwane 0-1 Celtic Lakay

What are the teams saying...

Polokwane City head coach Bernard Molekwa:

"We had a chance to play friendly matches during the FIFA international break – so that the players can maintain their match fitness. I am happy with our preparations. We are definitely ready for Celtic," he said.

"We are expecting a tough match against Celtic because they are a good team. But we are at home and this gives us an advantage. We should win this game."

Bloemfontein Celtic forward Roggert Nyundu:

“Coach (Veselin Jelušic) emphasises that we need to play with a lot of gusto, determination and proper organisation while eliminating unnecessary mistakes," he said.

"His professional conduct and laudable credentials, ability to work with players both physically and psychologically will benefit us as individuals and ultimately the team."

Polokwane City key players

Jabulani Maluleke: The experienced midfielder remains one of Rise and Shine's key midfielders. The Polokwane captain's creativity in the middle of the park will be important as the team eyes their second league win of the season.

Rodney Ramagalela: The hard-running frontman has already rediscovered his scoring form for Rise and Shine. The striker will be looking to add to the two goals he scored against Sundowns two weeks ago.

Bloemfontein Celtic key players

Wandisile Letlabika: The versatile defender is still a key player in the Phunya Sele Sele backline. The former Sundowns defender will be keen to help his side keep a clean sheet against Polokwane.

Kabelo Mahlasela: The exciting winger has established himself as one of Phunya Sele Sele's key attacking midfielders. The dribbling wizard will be hoping to inspire Celtic to their first league victory of the season.