Celtic – Sundowns Preview: The repeat of the Telkom KO Cup final
The Free State club beat Sundowns 1-0 in the final of this tournament last season, and neither of the two teams will go down easily on Sunday
By Ernest Makhaya
Champions of the Telkom Knock Out Bloemfontein Celtic begin their title defence against one of the most difficult sides to beat in the PSL so far this season, Mamelodi Sundowns.
The last time these two teams met in the Telkom Knockout Cup was in last season’s final, played at the Moses Mabhida.
Celtic did just about enough to secure their first trophy since 2005, eliminating a Sundowns side that hadn’t won anything for the past six seasons.
Now the Brazilians feel they have done enough to improve and avenge last season’s result. Sundowns even beat Celtic in their opening league game, but playing in the same Cup is a different proposition psychologically. The do-or-die approach will make sure Celtic are more determined to retain their title.
With so many quality players at Sundowns, one would find it hard to pick the right ones who could actually swing the game their way, but Bongani Zungu and Dove Wome have been brilliant for the Chloorkop-based club.
Celtic have their man Lerato Lamola upfront, supported by Joel Mogorosi who always makes dangerous runs on and off the ball. It should be an interesting game.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
· The last time Mamelodi Sundowns lifted a trophy was in 2008 (the Nedbank Cup).
· Bloem Celtic are the current holders of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
· In the history of this Cup, Sundowns have won it six times.
· Joel Mogorosi has scored in each of the past two games against Sundowns.
Top 3 Predictions
Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1-2 Mamelodi Sundowns FC
- 30 %
Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0-3 Mamelodi Sundowns FC
- 20 %
Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1-3 Mamelodi Sundowns FC
- 10 %
|Telkom Knock Out (TKO)||06 Oct 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 4|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||04 Aug 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 3|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||27 Apr 2013||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 0 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1|
|Telkom Knock Out (TKO)||01 Dec 2012||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 0|
|South Africa - PSL (PSL)||25 Nov 2012||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 1|
|Bloemfontein Celtic FC|
|04 Dec 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 3 - Lamontville Golden Arrows FC 0||PSL|
|30 Nov 2013||Orlando Pirates 2 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 3||PSL|
|10 Nov 2013||AmaZulu FC 1 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1||PSL|
|03 Nov 2013||Bloemfontein Celtic FC 0 - Maritzburg United FC 0||PSL|
|27 Oct 2013||SuperSport United FC 1 - Bloemfontein Celtic FC 1||PSL|
|Mamelodi Sundowns FC|
|04 Dec 2013||Mpumalanga Black Aces FC 1 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 0||PSL|
|01 Dec 2013||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2 - Moroka Swallows FC 1||PSL|
|09 Nov 2013||Pretoria University FC 1 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 3||PSL|
|06 Nov 2013||Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2 - Free State Stars FC 1||PSL|
|26 Oct 2013||Polokwane City 1 - Mamelodi Sundowns FC 0||PSL|
|-||Keagan Wilbur Buchanan||Midfielder|
|-||Lerato David Manzine||Striker|
|-||Johannes Motsere Motlhaping||Defender|
|8||Hlompho Alpheus Kekana||Midfielder|