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BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic coach Owen da Gama praised his charges for a job well done in achieving a creditable sixth place finish in the Absa Premiership.
Phunya SeleSele wrapped up the season with a 1-all draw with Orlando Pirates at a packed Seisa Ramabodu Stadium at the weekend. Pirates are fifth on the log.
Ndumiso Mabena scored for the visitors in the 49th minute, after Lucas Thwala had missed a penalty in the 28th minute for Bucs. Bongani Ndulula came off the bench to level matters in the 73rd minute.
"I'm very happy with the overall performance of the team. We achieved our targets as spelled out at the beginning of this season," said Da Gama.
"We worked as a unit, the players, management, including the club's faithful supporters. The supporters are the pride of Celtic and we cannot exclude them in our success."
He attributed the team's success to good planning and teamwork. Da Gama added that an improvement in their away record had helped boost the players' self-belief.
Celtic did well defensively against Pirates, whose midfield dictated terms for the better part of the match.
Buccaneers coach Ruud Krol was unhappy with their fifth-place finish, blaming various factors for their below par performance.
"'We did very well defensively throughout the season but we could not complement that. We may appear to have had the quality to contest for honours but we lacked basics such as the killer instinct, composure and hunger for goals in our strike force," he said.
"Focus was critical against Celtic but we gave it away due to lapses of concentration. This has been ongoing this season and we could not remedy that. Another factor which worked against us this season was injuries to some key players and suspensions. We were forced to change the team, playing inexperienced youngsters. Although they are talented we had no character."