Revived Celtic take aim at Baroka

Bloemfontein Celtic will battle with Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 3:30 pm CAT.

Phunya Sele Sele are coming off a 3-2 win over Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 encounter which was played last weekend.

However, they are winless in their last two league games having lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in their previous game in the competition.

Celtic are placed 10th on the league standings - five points above the relegation zone and five points behind eighth-placed Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Lehlohonolo Seema, the Celtic coach, has praised in-form Tumelo Njoti, who netted against Maritzburg and he is also looking forward to their clash with Baroka.

"We believe in Tumelo Njoti. We will try to support him all the time. He is still young, but he is intelligent despite his age," Seema said.

"We have broken our winless run against Maritzburg. This will give the players belief going into our next match. The good thing is that it is a home game."

Baroka are also coming off a Nedbank Cup Last 16 victory having defeated lower division side Hungry Lions 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw last weekend.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele are winless in their last two league matches having lost 1-0 to Bidvest Wits in their previous game in the competition.

Dylan Kerr, the Baroka coach, says it is imperative for his side to start winning their league games after reaching the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals.

"It's good to be in the quarterfinals. Hopefully, it will give the players more confidence and more belief because we have a tough league run-in," Kerr said.

"We need to make sure that we are picking up points. We have to learn from the mistakes we are making and try to get better. Since we have a tough league run-in we want winners (in the team)."

Bloemfontein Celtic: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ramasimong Maloisane: The midfielder produced a Man of the Match performance in their win over Maritzburg. Maloisane could be key to a victory over Baroka.

Tumelo Njoti: The striker scored his second goal in this season's Nedbank Cup against Maritzburg. Njoti will be hoping to carry his form into the Absa Premiership.


Manuel Kambala: The Mozambican midfield maestro netted his first goal for Baroka against Lions. Kambala will be eager to inspire his side to a home victory.

Tshediso Patjie: The attacking midfielder grabbed an assist in their win over Lions. Patjie will be looking to play a key role in helping Bakgaga return to winning ways.