Seema lauds “amazing” Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema was full of praise for his players after their 3-1 win over Highlands Park at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Tuesday night.

Punyas Sele Sele secured their third win of the season with goals from Sera Motebang, Ndumiso Mabena and Menzi Masuku, while highlands scored their goal through the in-form Peter Shalulile.

Masuku and Mabena came on to make a big difference against Highlands Park.

“We are delighted if you look at the atmosphere in the Stadium these guys worked very hard and if you look at tonight, technically we were spot on and the only mistake we did was when they scored their goal,” reflected the former Orlando Pirates captain.

“We knew they are a hard-running and very technical team that will always push us to the limit, and we had to think smart.

“All these players impressed me because I was looking on the bench, they were amazing, and they were pushing the guys inside so I will never single out anyone.

“Those that were on the bench and the once who were in the field of play everyone pushed, you can see that the group that we are having here they are up to something and if we can keep working hard we will get there.”

The win takes Celtic to 9th position on the Absa premiership after 9 games. They have won 3, drew 3 and lost 3.

They will face Maritzburg United away on Friday night in their next league fixture.

By Ofhani Munyai

Goals galore at MDC

The Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) produced a whopping 27 goals in just eight matches over the weekend.

Kaizer Chiefs were the big scorers with five goals against a hapless Chippa United side.

This match at Dobsonville Stadium saw seven goals being scored, with Chiefs winning 5-2.

Rahim Milazi netted a brace for Amakhosi and not to be outdone, Lebohang Lesako also helped himself to a double.

Elsewhere, Chiefs’ rivals Orlando Pirates overcame Polokwane City by a 2-0 scoreline.

Sifiso Luthuli and Simo Bophela were on the scoresheet for the Buccaneers.

Below are the results from the weekend’s action, as well as the log.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

MDC Graduate making progress at Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic’s 2-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the Macufe Cup was commendable.

Siwelele coach Lehlohonolo Seema was praiseful of the whole team, but made a special mention of goalkeeper, Sipho Chaine.

“We started the season with him and we lost some games and then we had to protect the boy because he’s still young,” Seema commented.

“I think he was man of the match (against Chiefs). He kept us in the game before we could even get a goal,” said Seema.

The 22-year-old keeper was last season’s Most Precious Find in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC), which then  later saw him promoted to the first team.

Amahle Siphungu

Celtic XI v Chiefs

Ex Kaizer Chiefs striker Emmanuel Letlotlo may get a chance to impress Bloemfontein Celtic against his former team.

Letlotlo is on the bench for Celtic’s Macufe Cup clash against Chiefs in Bloemfontein this afternoon.

Celtic XI v Chiefs: Phafoli, Tani, Ngobeni, Lingwati, Baloyi, Luthuli, Mahashe, Mabena, Phalane, Letsoalo, Tchilimbou.

SUBS: Chaine, Fikizolo, Nyamende, Khasipe, Mogakwe, Maema, Letlotlo, Kobedi, Sera, Mangweni, Njoti. #MacufeCup #FARPost

Citizens v Amakhosi in TKO

Cape Town City will host Kaizer Chiefs in the opening round of this year’s Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted at SuperSport TV studios in Randburg this afternoon.

The Citizens taking on Amakhosi is probably the pick of the round, but defending champions Baroka also have a tough clash away to SuperSport United.

The tournament kicks off on October 18 and the League will release the full fixtures (dates and venues) soon.

Here is the full draw…

Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

Highlands Park v Black Leopards

Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu

SuperSport United v Baroka

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Chippa United v Bloemfomtein Celtic

*The first mentioned teams are playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Rikhotso, Goss called up to Bafana

Defender Thamsanqa Mkhize (pictured) and goalkeeper Brandon Petersen have been withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad that will face Mali in the 2019 Nelson Mandela Challenge scheduled for this coming Sunday.

Ricardo Goss of Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tshepo Rikhotso have been called up to replace the injured duo.

The annual commemoration match will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

This will be Molefi Ntseki’s first match since being appointed head coach of Bafana Bafana.

Bafana are using this match to prepare for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan.

Bafana squad to face Mali

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SS Utd), Richard Goss (Wits)

Defenders: Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Thapelo Morena, Mosa Lebusa (Sundowns), Tshepo Rikhotso (Celtic), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Thato Mokeke (CT City), Dean Furman (SS Utd), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp), Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Themba Zwane (Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Percy Tau (Club Brugge), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, Abu Dhabi), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)

Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Bradley Grobler (Supersport United), Kermit Erasmus (CT City)

MTN8 RECAP: Best performing players

Following the conclusion of the MTN8 with SuperSport United taking the trophy home, FARPost provides you with the list of all the players that won Man of the Match awards from the quarterfinals to the final.
 
Quarterfinals
 
Mohamed Anas (CT v Plk)
Peter Shalulile (Bucs v Highlands)
Themba Zwane (Downs v Celtic)
Sipho Mbule (Wits v SSU)
 
Semifinals
 
Thela Ngobeni (Plk v Highlands)
Dean Furman (Downs v SSU)
George Chigova (Highlands v Plk)
Bongani Khumalo (SSU v Downs)
 
Final
 
Thamsanqa Gabuza (SSU v Highlands)