Bloemfontein Celtic - Kaizer Chiefs Preview: Larsen out to halt Chiefs' cup dreams

Bloemfontein Celtic will have the chance to avenge the 3-0 league defeat they suffered two weeks ago as they take on Kaizer Chiefs at home in the Nedbank Cup

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Kaizer Chiefs will travel to the Free State Stadium for the second time in two weeks when they face Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night in a Nedbank Cup quarterfinal tie.

Chiefs defeated Phunya Sele Sele 3-0 in their PSL encounter a fortnight ago, but Clint Larsen is confident that his side has the ability to defeat the league leaders.

“It will be a different ball game. The intensity of the game will be a lot different. In a cup you have one bite a the cherry, you have to go all out from the onset to get a result after 90 minutes," Larsen told the media on the eve of the match. 

“Its going to make a great encounter for spectators. We are going to go all out to put Chiefs under intense pressure and penetrate them much as we can to score goals.”

Celtic will not have the services of Lerato Manzine for the match due to injury, but Larsen is counting on his side's recent cup glory.

“In terms of the cup run, we would like to replicate exactly what we did in the Telkom Knockout by reaching another cup final in just one season. It will be a great milestone for the club to achieve. It will be the first time in the club's history to reach two cup finals in one season."

“This is what we are trying as much as possible as we can to achieve as a team and technical team.”

Chiefs will hope to continue their dream of securing a double with a win on Saturday. The league leaders will not have Morgan Gould in their squad, while Erick Mathoho is also set to miss the tie.

"It's a difficult one going to Bloemfontein, so we know the challenge and we have our issues with injuries as well," AmaKhosi coach Stuart Baxter said.

"We know it's going to be a challenge so we need to make sure we're up for it."

Despite the injuries the Chiefs coach believes that his sqaud has sufficient depth in order to cope without their first-choice central defensive pair.

"If you took three international players out of any team in Europe, or any team in the world, you're looking at a considerable weakening," he said.

"The players have pitched up and stood up to be counted. Whoever comes in can do a job, they've all just got to do it at the same time."


  • Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic have played 61 times, with Chiefs holding an advantage over their opponents with 25 wins compared to Celtic's 11. 
  • Celtic defeated Mamelodi Sundowns last year in the Telkom Knockout final.
  • Goals from Nkhatha, Tshabalala and Dladla helped the AmaKhosi hammer Celtic 3-0 a fortnight ago.
  • Chiefs defeated Polokwane City 2-0 in the previous round, while Phunya Sele Sele overcame local rivals Free State Stars 2-1.