Bloemfontein Celtic - Kaizer Chiefs Preview: Siwelele out to redeem themselves against second-string AmaKhosi

Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic will contest the 15th edition of the Macufe Cup on Sunday afternoon


Daniels, Mohtlaping, Mzava, Mogapi
Arwuah, Mogorosi, Lakay, Gamildien
 Buchanan, Manzine


Gaxa, Mathoho, Mathoho, Masilela
Tshabalala, Katsande, Yeye, Lebese
Parker, Musona

Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic will lock horns on Sunday at the Free State Stadium to compete for the annual Macufe Cup, which allows for both sides to field reserve players.

However, Bloemfontein Celtic should target victory in an attempt to please their irate fans, who will demand a response after a poor start to the PSL season. 

"It's a clash of the giants again," Celtic chief executive Khumbulani Konco said ahead of the match.

"Macufe Cup is ours, Chiefs must forget it. It forms part of the properties of the Free State province. People here are excited about the tournament."

Ernst Middendorp will oversee the match from the stands, after Clint Larsen resigned this week. Celtic have only managed to win one game this season, which prompted Larsen's resignation.

Siwelele will seek to defend the title they claimed last season, while Chiefs should see the match as good practice for important games to come.

Stuart Baxter has already intimated that Chiefs will give some of their reserve talent a run on Sunday, as a number of important AmaKhosi stars travelled with Bafana Bafana to Morocco.

“I will test almost all the players who don't play much. I also want to give the youth players a run and the feel of playing for the team," Baxter told reporters at Naturena.

“If you ask me whether I would want to win or play the young players in such games, I would say it is great to play the young players with the aim of winning.

“So this game comes at the right time for me to give the chance to all the players to play, and we will be looking at winning as well."

  • Bloemfontein Celtic defeated Kaizer Chiefs 4-3 in an enthralling Macufe Cup last season.
  • This will be the 15th version of the Macufe Cup.
  • Kaizer Chiefs stars Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker, Tsepo Masilela and Reneilwe Letsholonyane turned out for Bafana Bafana on Friday night.
  • The Macufe Cup forms part of the 2013 Mangaung African Cultural Festival.