celtic haunt ghost

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Orlando Pirates will prevail against Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership match at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday. So said most of The Ghost this week.

But The Ghost were somewhat circumspect in their predictions after Phunya SeleSele elbowed the Buccaneers out of the prized Nedbank Cup two weeks ago.

The match, which kicks off at 3pm, has all the hallmarks of a thrill-a-minute affair.

Pirates have made it clear that they will avenge their defeat on Sunday. The encounter will also be a trial run for the Confederations Cup.

The stadium, which has received a face-lift, will be re-opened tomorrow with a rugby Super 14 match between Free State Cheetahs and the visiting Brumbies.

Pirates will need to tread cautiously on Sunday because Celtic are in a relegation dogfight.

"I'm not 100 percent fit but I want to play, this is a big match. We have to win this to get out of the relegation and I am sure we will do it," said Gert Schalkwyk, Celtic's potent player.

Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs says they have a bone to pick with Celtic.

"It's a very important match for both teams because we need the three points to close the gap on SuperSport United, while Celtic want maximum points to help them survive the chop."

Mark Mayambela should be a menace to Bucs. Good news for The Ghost is that Teko Modise, Lucas Thwala and Katlego Mashego returned from national duty without injuries.