Bloemfontein Celtic have endured a hectic schedule so far in the 2020/21 season, playing 14 matches in the last seven weeks.
In what was their last game of the year, ‘Siwelele’ suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Nigerian side Rivers United in the Caf Confederation Cup first round first leg at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Nigerian side took the lead in the 70th minute from the head of Godwin Aguda after a goalless first half. Ten minutes later United made it 2-0 through Fortune Omoniwari.
The Free State outfit had progressed to the first round after beating Maniema Union on penalties earlier this month.
“The team is evolving and it’s been a tough and busy season for us. If I’m not mistaken, I think we are one of the teams that played more than ten games this season including the MTN8 and we still have Caf as well, so it’s been a busy season for us,” said defender, Mzwanele Mahashe.
John Maduka’s men have given themselves a daunting task in order to qualify for the next stage of this season’s Confederation Cup as they now have to win by 2 goals or more in the return leg in Nigeria, which is set to played on Wednesday, January 6 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“We’ve got an abundance of talent in our team it’s just a matter of time as the season progresses, you’ll see we will unleash young players in the team. We’ve got a lot of young players in our team we just have to be patient with these guys and the team as well,” added Mahashe.
“I know this is boring, but we’ll take it one game at a time, and we will get better, we a strong team, and like I said we’ve got an abundance of talent and a good team and a great technical team.”
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