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Lehlohonolo Seema © Gallo Images

Celtic out to dent Wits’ hopes



Bloemfontein Celtic will lock horns with Bidvest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Friday.

Kick-off is at 8pm.

Phunya Sele Sele extended their winless run to four league matches when they drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates away last week.

As a result, Celtic are placed eighth on the league standings - two points above ninth-placed Highlands Park.

Meanwhile, Wits are also winless in their last four league matches having lost 2-0 to AmaZulu FC away last weekend.

The defeat saw the Clever Boys remain fourth on the league standings - two points behind second-placed Pirates.

What the teams are saying:

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema

"I wish I could have taken all three (points) and then I could have been in position six, which would ease the pressure a bit," he said.

"But we’ll keep on fighting. With seven games to go, the pressure is on."

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt

"Look, two or three teams have a better chance but some are still gonna face each other and that will give others an opportunity.

"We are not out yet, this league is crazy, the most challenging one in my 30 years in football."

Bloemfontein Celtic key players

Tshepo Rikhotso: The tough-tackling defender was on the scoresheet during Celtic's 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates. Rikhotso will be keen to help his side stun Wits at home.

Ndumiso Mabena: The experienced striker grabbed an assist against his former side, Pirates. Ndumiso will be hoping to play an important role in helping his side defeat Wits.

Bidvest Wits key players

Robynn Johannes: The experienced defender is expected to lead Wits' defence with Thulani Hlatshwayo suspended. Johannes will be eager to lead Wits to victory in Bloemfontein.

Gift Motupa: The talented forward has established himself as Wits' first-choice striker having netted eight league goals this season. Motupa will be keen to add to his tally and help his side win.



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