Mental shift crucial against Siwelele – Mokoena

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A quick mental shift is needed if SuperSport United are to come out victorious in their MTN8 first leg semi-final fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic this afternoon.

This is according to Matsatsantsa a Pirtori midfielder Teboho Mokoena who admitted that the Tshwane side were disappointed with their 3-1 defeat against Lamontville Golden Arrows in a DStv Premiership midweek tie, leading to this crucial fixture.

The match between the two sides will take place at Lucas Moripe Stadium at 15h00, following Orlando Pirates’ 3-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium yesterday.

Mokoena reiterated that the team has since moved on from that disappointing result, adding that they are now highly motivated in working towards defending their MTN8 title. SuperSport won last season’s MTN8 title after beating Highlands Park 1-0 in the final.

“Things did not go our way in that fixture (against Arrows) and we have since moved on from that defeat with key lessons learned building up to our MTN8 semi-final encounter against Siwelele,” said Mokoena who scored Matsatsantsa’ solitary goal in their defeat against Arrows.

“Siwelele are a good side and they will want to throw everything at us on match day. They are also coming into this tie from a loss (1-0 defeat against Moroka Swallows) and so we are expecting a fight from them.”

Mokoena added: “What I can tell you now is we’ve got experienced players in the team and the lads are highly motivated to do well in both fixtures,” Mokoena added. “Our end goal is to see ourselves in the MTN8 final. We want to defend this title.”

Meanwhile, the second leg date of the MTN8 semi-final fixture between Celtic and SuperSport will take place on 7 November 2020 at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium, while Chiefs will host neighbours Pirates at FNB Stadium the following day.

Both of those fixtures will also kick-off at 15h00.

By Mohau Ramashidja

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