Mamelodi Sundowns full-back Thapelo Morena predicts a tough outing against Bloemfontein Celtic

The 25-year-old Masandawana defender says they are prepared to face Phunya Sele Sele on Wednesday night

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thapelo Morena has warned his teammates about the threat which Bloemfontein Celtic pose as they lock horns on Wednesday night.

The Brazilians are set to resume their Premier Soccer League (PSL) assignments with a visit to the Free State.

“We know how they are going to come. We have been doing well at training due to knowing their style of play and how they are going to approach the game,” Morena told Sundowns' official website.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us because we need the three points. Those three points will boost us in the league,” he added.

The speedy right back has also acknowledged Phunya Sele Sele's financial woes where media reports suggested that the club allegedly failed to pay some of their players.

However, the former Celtic winger said they are not reading too much into the reports and are focusing on securing a win in order to remain the only unbeaten team in the league.

“They have been going through some challenges that we have been reading about in newspapers, but I don’t think that they will take that to the game,” he continued.

“They are going to come at us motivated that they are playing Sundowns and will want to give it their best,” said the Bafana Bafana international.

Moreover, the Randfontein-born player will want to challenge Ramahlwe Mphahlele in the national team as he was included in the squad to face Seychelles in two back-to back clashes.

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“Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the coaches at Mamelodi Sundowns. Secondly, I would like to say thank you to coach Stuart Baxter for giving me this opportunity,” Morena said.

“Coach Pitso Moaimane and the technical team at Sundowns put a lot of emphasis on me to do my best. I think that really worked out,” he noted.

“I am happy and humbled to be a part of Bafana Bafana. It has been a while since I was a part of the national team. From now on I will work on staying consistently in the national team. I will do my level best when I am given an opportunity,” Morena concluded.