Chippa target win against Celtic

Chippa United will bank on their home ground advantage when they host Bloemfontein Celtic in an aim to bag their second Absa Premiership win on Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Kick-off is at 3:00pm.

The Chilli Boys were out to Tshwane this past week as they visited SuperSport United and mamaged to secure a point.

After getting a hard fought 1-1 draw, coach Teboho Moloi has started on a high as they drew their previous match away to Platinum Stars last weekend.

However, meeting Siwelele who are fresh from a 2-0 defeat to Baroka FC means they have a chance to claim a win under Moloi.

For the side from Bloemfontein, Celtic are chasing their second victory in the league as they have beaten Polokwane City and struggled at home on Wednesday night.

Heading to the Port Elizabeth, coach Veselin Jelusic wants to keep his troops in high spirits by getting a win in the Windy City.

Previous starting XI

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Mabena, Letlabika, Nyundu, Baloyi, Hotto, Phalane, Motshegwa

Chippa United: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwusa, Konqobe, Maphanga, Mvelase, Zuke, Mabaso, Mako, Lentjies,Sekola

Head-to- Head


Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Chippa 2-1 Celtic Ngebo, Brown; Bacela (pen)

2012/13 Celtic 1-0 Chippa Manzine

2014/15 Celtic 1-0 Chippa Lamola

2014/15 Chippa 1-2 Celtic Mbenyane; Lamola, Komane (og)

2015/16 Chippa 2-1 Celtic Twala, Sali; Ntanga

2015/16 Celtic 0-1 Chippa R. Manzini

2016/17 Chippa 0-0 Celtic

2016/17 Celtic 2-0 Chippa Nyatama 2 (1 pen)

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2012/13)



Chippa 4 2 1 1 5 4

Celtic 4 3 0 1 4 1



Chippa 4 1 0 3 1 4

Celtic 4 1 1 2 4 5



Chippa 8 3 1 4 6 8

Celtic 8 4 1 3 8 6

What the teams are saying

Bloemfontein Celtic skipper Patrick Tignyemb:

“I am confident we can go to Chippa and get something out of the match because we played well against Baroka,” said Tignyemb.

“With due respect to Baroka, we played well and it could've been five goals for us, but we have to rectify that and ensure we take our chances.

“We played a good game of football, but we lost and it is sad. However, the duty now is to fight harder and get the goals to win against Chippa.

”I am confident that we have a good team. I am proud and confident we will get the goals on Sunday.”

Chippa United coach Teboho Moloi:

“We need to improve on our speed and discipline and once we can get these things right, we can be a better team - I only had two sessions with this team,” said Moloi.

“It is not easy to come back (against SuperSport) because they have African experience. I'm proud of my boys - they played well.

“We have to keep the ball well, but we can do more with a little bit of pace. We are going back to Port Elizabeth and we will have couple days to work before our game on Sunday against Celtic.”

Key players for Bloemfontein Celtic

Wandisile Letlabika: The versatile and experienced defender has a duty to ensure they do not concede this time around. Visiting his province could also be a source of inspiration for the defender.

Lantshene Phalane: The no-nonsense midfielder has cemented his place in the Celtic midfield and his role is to unleash thunderous shots to find the back of the net. On the other hand, his ability to spread passes will be vital for Celtic.

Key players for Chippa United

Moeketsi Sekola: Sekola is slowly finding his goal scoring touch once again and continues to be the man Chippa can rely on upfront. Fresh from scoring against SuperSport, he will hope to score once more against the Free State side.

Mark Mayambela: The dribbling wizard will want to unsettle his former bosses with dazzling skills in the heart of the park. The skilful midfielder will be the man tasked with opening up Celtic's defence and to create chances.