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In-form Celtic wary of Sundowns



Bloemfontein Celtic’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) coach Ditheko Mototo acknowledges that their Sunday opponents Mamelodi Sundowns won’t be walkovers when the two teams meet in round seven.

Celtic have had a bright start to the campaign, as they currently sit second on the log standings with 13 points and trail pacesetters Cape Town City by two.

On the other hand, the 2016/2017 reserve league champions Sundowns have had a rocky start to their campaign as they have only managed to secure eight points and currently occupy the 10th spot.

“As much as we say that the preparations are all the same but Sundowns is not just a team,”Mototo said.

“We are talking about champions, and hence we are cautious of the way they will play. We’ll have a session early tomorrow (on Saturday), and what motivates us going into this match is that we have a clean bill of health. If, we can go to Polokwane with our young boys and get the results, then we can do the same against Sundowns.”

Mototo, though, is not fazed by their bright start this season. After all, they’ve been able to achieve the same feat in the previous seasons but their end product has left a lot to be desired for as they still chase their first championship since the league’s inception five seasons ago.

However, despite Celtic’s internal hassles, Mototo says his troops have been responsive so far.

“I would say the boys are responding well,”the former Kaizer Chiefs’ left-back said.

“The competition is tough but the boys’ response is positive. Sometimes, it’s really a worrying factor whereby we start well but not finish on a high. However, there are internal factors such as when we have to give the first team some of our players and it's the same this season.’’

However, the 37-year-old development coach admits that it’s always a good-headache and a morale booster when the first team coach enquires about their players.

At Siwelele this season, striker Tshegofatso Mabaso – their Diski graduate two seasons ago – has been an integral figure for coach Steve Komphela’s team as he’s banged a couple of match-winners.

“Promoting players is the priority of the team,”he said.

“When something that you’ve worked on for sometime comes to a finished product, there’s nothing that makes you happier than that. However, it’s always a team effort to groom and develop a player. It starts from the grassroots levels to highest division in the league.”

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg-derby between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs promises to be a thriller as the former are on three successive wins, while the latter recently scored 10 goals against Chippa United in their last outing.

In KwaZulu Natal, strugglers – the defending champions – Golden Arrows will be hoping to climb up the log standings against Baroka.

SUNDAY'S FIXTURES:

10am Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mamelodi Sundowns – Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium
10am Bidvest Wits vs Kaizer Chiefs – Bidvest Stadium
10am Golden Arrows vs Baroka – Princess Magogo Stadium



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