Everyone should be treated like a Premier League team


Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Lehlohonolo Seema says all the remaining teams in the Nedbank Cup stand an equal chance of advancing to the semifinals.

Siwelele progressed to the quarterfinals of the competition after beating fellow Absa Premiership side Maritzburg United 3-2 at Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday.

The draw for the last 8 will be held tonight in Randburg at 19:00.

The other seven teams are Mamelodi Sundowns, Highlands Park, Bloemfontein Celtic, Black Leopards, Baroka, as well as GladAfrica duo of Real Kings and TS Sporting.

“Ya I’m sure no team wants another team there (laughs), “said Seema.

“All of them are capable, they are in these quarterfinals not by luck. The only thing I want is for Celtic to be in the semis, all the teams that are there they are strong boss.”-Seema, 

“Last season who won? The team that won the cup is from which League? So, we mustn’t think like that, people got a shock of their lives last year, so it was a good lesson that everyone is treated like Premier League teams, all of them that are there.

“Fortunately for us we have two big games that we will be playing each and every weekend or the weekend after. Because as long as we are not above 33 points mark, we’ll still be harbouring in the relegation zone, “added Seema.

“So, we have to also focus on the League, as for the cup we’ll give our best shot as long as we can. The thing that is helping us is playing every weekend you see.”

Seema also explained the use of youngsters by Siwelele.

“Look, for us is just that it was a blessing in disguise that because of our situation last season, so it’s helping us then the youngsters got to find opportunity because if things were financially stable…who knows maybe we could have gone to buy seasoned players you understand? So, God works in a mysterious way.

“But we happy with the way things are going, the only thing with our youngsters is they will struggle with consistency you see.

“The experience will trip here and there, you can see even the way we are conceding goals, it’s not that the teams are playing out of the park, it’s just that there’s individual mistakes here and there. Unfortunately, at this level you make one mistake and you get punished. They learn, it is a process, “concluded the Celtic mentor.

By Musa Nhlapo 

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