Celtic have upper hand

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Bloemfontein Celtic's coach Khabo Zondo comes face to face with Lamontville Golden Arrows on Sunday and he is likely to come up with a calculated game plan to frustrate his former employers.

Zondo has the added advantage to send Abafana Bes'thende back home empty-handed because Phunya Selesele are playing this Absa Premiership match at home.

The match takes place at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium at 3.30pm.

Khumbulani Konco, Celtic's manager, stressed yesterday Zondo has nothing to prove against Arrows.

"He is preparing for this match like any other match," he insisted.

Ntokozo Sikhakhane and Lucky Mzizi are available for selection for Celtic after their suspensions were lifted by the club on Monday. They were suspended after they came to a training session drunk two weeks ago.

"They are back in the team and are preparing for the match on Sunday. They did not train with the rest of the players during their suspension period but they followed our training programme on their own," Konco explained.

Arrows should be wary about gifted midfielder Grant Smit who has be impressive in his first two matches in the Celtic senior team. Smit can control and distribute the ball with sheer precision.

The return of Lebohang Kukame from a long injury layoff has given Zondo enough options up front. But he will be without Lebogang Mothibantwa, who has been suspended again.

Arrows have everybody for the match bar injured midfielder, Papi Zothwane. But they have enough backup in the likes of Goodenough Mavundla and Philani Shange.