The Absa Premiership continue to produce unexpected and difficult results for all teams, as the relegation dogfight intensify, top eight slots becomes a priority and a two-horse encapsulates at the top-end of the league.
Still, the performance and the sophistication of Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club must be commended. Celtic as the sole representative of the Free State province in the PSL, has put aside their off-field shenanigans and produced a consistent display.
The FARPost Technical Study (TSG) dissect the factors that has made ‘Masokolara’ an enjoyable team to watch within the Bio-bubble.
1. Flexible playing model
Celtic has stayed true to a playing style that is easy, flexible, accommodative and adaptable, to their players and the team. Irrespective of the back four or three-player selection, the team has embraced a solid build-up play and a direct ball rotation.
Lantshane Phalane and Lucky Baloyi continue to provide the essential tactical fulcrum and conducts a seamless second phase ball movement from the back and into the attacking phase.
2. Mabena leadership
In their talisman and skipper, Ndumiso Mabena, ‘Masele’ have a proven leader and a tactical attack genius. Mabena delivers goals and assists, but it is his guile, unpredictability and subtle positioning that makes him the ideal striker for the John Maduka coached Celtic.
As a leader, Mabena leads from the front and completes the entire frontline movements of his fellow players. In his guidance, both Motebang Sera and Victor Letsoalo have flourished distinctly in the scoring department.
3. Match Analysis
It has been established by the FARPost Investigative Unit that the current Celtic team has no Match Analysts. Instead of the technical team sulking and throwing tantrums, the senior players have taken the match analysis project.
FARPost can confirm that on the eve of the match against Kaizer Chiefs, the players themselves designed a comprehensive match analysis plan and shared their observations with the technical team. This unique example of a collaboration of the players and the technical leadership led to a well-deserved 3-1 win against Chiefs.
4. Youth scouting
Celtic scouting department has produced exceptional talent over the years, the likes of Erick Mathoho, Thapelo Morena and Neo Maema, but it is the irreplaceable Sifiso Ngobeni that has recently caught the eye.
In only his second season in the PSL, Ngobeni has notched 22 matches, 2 assists and 2,005 minutes in the colours of Siwelele. He oozes class in possession, calmness in decision making, synergy to join the attacking play and the perfect left-footed deliver to set up the strikers.
As the league enters the final stretch, expect Celtic to dazzle even more, as they sharpen their claws for a scintillating Nedbank Cup final with Mamelodi Sundowns next month.
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By FARPost Technical Study Group