Celtic’s poor finishing a major concern, admits Maduka

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Bloemfontein Celtic head coach John Maduka has rued the lack of a killer instinct in his squad following the narrow 1-0 victory over Black Leopards at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday. 

Ndumiso Mabena – the captain – scored the only goal of the match early in the second half to earn Phunya Sele Sele their first win of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season.

With only four goals scored and seven conceded in their opening five league matches, Maduka says the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal is a big cause ahead of the MTN8 final against Orlando Pirates next month.

More often than not, Celtic have created chances without finishing them off, something which has hurt them particularly in the league so far.

“It was a good game, you saw the chances that we created, I think we could have finished off the game in the first half. So many positives we take, that was Celtic playing,” said Maduka.

“The win means a lot, we have been waiting for the first win, so these three points and a first win at home, very important for us.”

In the encounter against Leopards, Maduka’s men had 11 attempts at goal, four on target but could only manage to convert one. 

“The finishing is a concern but at least we can create chances. It is something we have to work on, to finish. You can only win games if you score goals,” added Maduka.

“At least one thing is done whereby we are creating so many chances going forward, so we just have to make sure that we plan to put them in the back of the net.”

The Bloemfontein side will be in continental action on Sunday as they face AS Maniema Union in the Caf Confederation Cup away in DR Congo before returning to DStv Premiership action on 9 December with a clash at SuperSport United.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

all pictures courtesy of PSL

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