Larsen feels Chiefs are the perfect foil for Celtic
CLINTON Larsen says his Bloemfontein Celtic side are looking forward to locking horns with Kaizer Chiefs once again this weekend.
Phunya Sele Sele will host the Soweto giants in the annual Macufe Cup at the Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon and Larsen believes it is just the type of fixture they need on the international weekend.
It will be their second meeting in just over a week after the teams played to an entertaining 0-0 draw in a league fixture in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
It also gives Larsen the opportunity to try new combinations in what is likely to be a highly competitive environment.
"It is a great opportunity for us to keep the momentum that we have built up in the past few weeks going," Larsen said.
"This type of game is exactly what we need now because time off or a game against lower league opposition could have lulled us into a false sense of security.
"But we know that this is going to be a tough match in front of a big crowd and it will be a great exercise for us. It will be a chance to give some exposure to younger players and see how they cope with the pressure."
The Celtic coach says that although Chiefs will be missing a number of their national team stars for South Africa and Zimbabwe, such is their squad depth that whatever side they put out will be a good one.
"The likes of Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns all have huge depth in their squad, and if you look at who they can bring in that haven't been playing much this season - guys like Keagan Ritchie, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Lucky Baloyi - these are all quality players."
Chiefs won this fixture last season when goals from Ngcobo and George Lebese handed them a 2-1 victory.
Ezenwa Otorogu scored a late consolation goal for Phunya Sele Sele.