Jan Olde Riekerink says high flying Bloemfontein Celtic will pose a different challenge to Cape Town City in their first DStv Premiership match after the Fifa international break at the weekend.
Siwelele have been in great form this season, particularly in the MTN8 competition. John Maduka’s men narrowly edged Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United en route to the final.
However, the Citizens coach Olde Riekerink doesn’t believe Celtic will be distracted by their MTN8 final clash against Orlando Pirates next month as he expects a tough battle at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday (15:30).
“Bloemfontein Celtic qualified for the MTN8, they play Pirates, and I think it is a team that performs very well at this moment,” said Olde Riekerink.
“It will be for us a very challenging game. They will come full strength. The final is too far away for this game to be influenced by it, so they will be a team that is more or less preparing for that final.
“But for them, it’s a very good test, but on the other hand it is a very good opportunity to get the points for the league,” added the Dutch tactician.
The Cape side have endured mixed fortunes in their opening four matches of the 2020/21 campaign, registering one victory and a draw – while suffering two defeats.
Fortunately for Olde Riekerink, both Thamsanqa Mkhize and Abbubaker Mobara have recovered after positive Covid-19 tests which subsequently ruled them out of Bafana Bafana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) back-to-back qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe.
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“It was first of all very unlucky for them to be selected for the national team and then not travelling because of Covid-19. We try to take every precaution for the players not to be infected, but still, it happens like everywhere in the world,” added Olde Riekerink.
“They came back this week and joined the group after testing negative. The virus is not the same for everyone, so we will see how they progress.”
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