Maduka eager to win MTN8 to improve Celtic’s dire finances


Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka is optimistic that it’s going to be third time lucky when his men face Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final in December.

Siwelele beat defending champions Supersport United 1-0 on Saturday, sealing their place in the final via a 2-1 victory on aggregate. It is the club’s second cup final in two months, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup in September.

It won’t be an easy task for Maduka’s charges as they will be up against a ruthless Pirates team that hammered fellow Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs 5-0 over the two legs.

However, due to their financial difficulties over the last few years, Celtic will be up for the task as they are extra motivated to walk away with the R8 million prize money in order to ease their financial woes.

“It is very important for us to go out there and win the cup for the team, it has been a long time. This is our second cup final and we just hope that things go according to our plan,” said Maduka.

“This is the third time we have gone into the final in recent years. We did not win in the previous two, this is the third time for us to win the cup.”

The MTN8 final will be played on 12 December with the venue set to be decided in due course. But the Premier Soccer League (PSL) confirmed that Celtic will host Pirates.

“We just need to go out there and focus on the game and try to make sure that we do our best. It will be very good for the team to win it, especially for a team that is run without a sponsor,” added the Celtic mentor.

“It is not very easy but in the field of play the boys have been working very hard and focusing on the job at hand and this is the reward that we get. We just need to focus on the final and try to win. It will not be easy, but we have given ourselves a chance to win a cup by getting in the final.

“We have the right balance in the midfield because most of the games are won there. The players have to make sure that whoever plays comes and gives their best and Mashikinya and Lucky have done that.

“Those two join in on the attack and help the defence when we are defending. I am happy to have the midfield that I have in the team. Whoever is available will play and they will do a good job because there is a lot of competition,” concluded Maduka.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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