Celtic expect tough contest vs. Baroka

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Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach John Maduka is confident that the team will take their fine cup form into the league this weekend when they host Baroka FC on Sunday in the City of Roses.

Kick off at the Dr. Molemela Stadium is at 15:30.

Celtic will be eager to display the same fine form that saw them beat Maritzburg United 3-2 at the same venue to make the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals.

At their home turf, Siwelele have managed four wins, four draws and only two defeats in the 10 league matches they have played thus far; a record they will be counting on.

However, they go against Bakgaga, who are seeking redemption on the road following a loss to Highlands Park in their last away match earlier this month.

“We’re expecting a tough game against them. They’re a good side; unpredictable and dangerous. But we need to match that,” Maduka said.

He added: “Our area of concern coming into this match is the manner in which we concede goals. We concede unnecessary goals at crucial times, and it isn’t right because it affects our goal difference. So we’ve been working hard with our defence. Scoring goals hasn’t been much of a problem. We’re scoring goals, and it’s good. We just need to keep converting those chances we create.”

Celtic will be without the services of the suspended duo of Tshepo Rikhotso and Siphelele Luthuli while Wandisile Letlabika and Ronald Pfumbidzai are still nursing ankle and groin injuries respectively.

By Lee Khotlele

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