Moses Mabhida Stadium’s first PSL match since last year October is a guaranteed blazer as home side AmaZulu look to climb a notch further up in the standings while maintaining their goal scoring form at the expense of in-form Bloemfontein Celtics.
The match which will kick off at 15:30 on Saturday is the Durban side’s real test as the sixth placed team from Bloemfontein has been doing well under coach, Clinton Larsen this season.
According left-footed AmaZulu utility player, Bongani Mbele, what will make it all a great watch is that both teams have a point to prove against each other.
“It is an obvious fact to us, that what’s important is to try and be a bit more consistent and start getting into a winning pattern.
Some of the things won’t happen the way you plan them but we just have to go all out without dwelling too much on their game plan,” Mbele said.
The Katlehong, Gauteng-born player was instrumental in last week’s drubbing of his former, Moroka Swallows but says Celtics away are a different side. The side from Bloemfontein drew 2-2 against Kaizer Chiefs in a thrilling Wednesday night encounter in front of their home crowd.
“That is what’s good about playing them away. When they beat us in the first round they enjoyed the backing of their supporters, things will be different now,” he added.
Head coach Manqoba Mngqithi will this time not have the luxury of having most of his important squad members available as right-back Sboniso Gumede won’t be available for selection as he is suspended with three yellow cards.
Nigerian strongman Pere Ariweriyai is out with a knee injury while Carlington Nyadombo remains doubtful from a groin, but still the coach believes it will be a battle with equal chances for both teams.
“We believe that Bloemfontein Celtics stole our three points when we played them at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium early in the season. That was a match when we look and say we need to reverse the result of. We will give it our best shot. Obviously they didn’t come all the way here to gift us the three points,” said Mngqithi.
The ABSA Premiership Stats confirm that Celtic have won 16 times to AmaZulu’s 10 wins in 39 meetings since 1985. There have been 13 draws.
Supporters can still find tickets at their nearest Computicket and Shoprite Checkers Stores.
AmaZulu FC Vs Bloemfontein Celtics
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Tickets: Adults R40 & Juveniles R10 Gates Open at 12:30