Larsen’s Celtic forces fresh for Ajax Cape Town

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen believes the decision to give his players the weekend off from training will benefit them in the long run

There was no domestic football played over the last few days as the break for the Fifa international calendar took effect and while many Premier Soccer League clubs arranged friendly matches, or at the very least training sessions, Larsen allowed his stars to put their feet up.

The players are back in training and preparing for their Absa Premiership fixture with Ajax Cape Town on Sunday, one of three games they will play for the rest of September.

“We played a friendly game on Friday against First Division side Roses United and decided after that we would give the players some time to recharge. It has been quite an intensive period of training with our pre-season preparations and then our first four matches of the campaign,” Larsen told

“I know other clubs were keeping busy this weekend, but we felt it was right to allow the players some time off, which is not only good for the body, but for the mind also. We had the discussion as a technical team and that was the decision we took.”

Celtic have had a disappointing start to the campaign, losing 1-0 in controversial fashion to Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals of the MTN8 when the Buccaneers were handed a controversial late penalty that Andile Jali converted.

They have also succumbed to defeats against Black Leopards (2-3) and BidVest Wits (0-2) in the League, their lone success being a scratchy 2-1 victory over Platinum Stars.

Larsen believes his side will make amends for their poor start when they play Cape Town clubs Ajax and Chippa United (away on September 26), before being presented with a chance for revenge in their home meeting against Pirates on September 30.