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Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Clinton Larsen told Goal.com that he is impressed by the performances of his youngsters

Larsen said youngster Auguston Leonard has performed beyond his expectations.

“I am very impressed as my players are responding very well, especially the young ones. For instance midfielder Leonard has adapted well to our style of play and he is giving it his all in each and every game that he gets to play,” said Larsen.

Other players that that stole Larsen's attention are defender Lerato Manzini who is only 22 years of age, and the coach has already predicted a brighter future for him, together with Brent Lawler, who is 23 years of age.

“Both these players are really doing well, and I believe that they have a bright future ahead of them if they continue working hard. The challenge with young players especially is consistency and these players have given me that in their past matches,” he said.

After winning the first round of the Nedbank Cup, the coach did not want to take the opposition team for granted.

“We knew they were a good side. We had already done our research very well. We spent time watching their last two matches and also some dvd’s.

“I am glad that my player did not fall into the trap of underestimating them, because that could have backfired on us,” he said.

The Free State club will now go back to their league matches and Larsen said they want to finish in the top five.

“We are aiming to finish in the top five and that vision has been shared with all the players. If my players can continue to work as hard as they did, then I believe we can do well. Even the way we started this year, it shows how bad we want to do well this season,” he said.

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