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Football | Absa Premiership

Clifford Mulenga © Backpagepix

Mulenga to face Celtic music



Zambian international striker Clifford Mulenga will be hauled over the coals by Absa Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic "for picking up an unnecessary red card" - the club has announced.

Mulenga was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons during the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after he was booted out of camp for misconduct. As a result, he missed out on Zambia’s historic Nations Cup triumph. He appeared to have gotten over that setback as he returned to Celtic to put in some key performances.

His troubles seem to have surfaced again. Celtic believe it was “unnecessary” for the player to have picked up a red in their 2-0 win against Santos on Sunday.

"As a club we are very disappointed about Mulenga’s unsporting behaviour and we will take action against him. We believe it was unnecessary for him to get that red card; it should have been avoided. The match was almost over as there was only a minute left on the referee’s added on time," said club CEO Khumbulani Konco.

"Mulenga will appear before the club’s DC charged with unsporting behaviour. We want to hear his side of the story."

No date has yet been finalised for the hearing.

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to bounce back to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday, kick-off at 7:30pm, live on SS4.

Chiefs fell to a 3-2 defeat against Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates on the weekend, ending a six-game unbeaten streak. The Soweto giants have a fine home record this season, with six wins from eight matches. Amakhosi are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 33 points from 19 matches.

Celtic claimed a 2-0 home win over Santos on the weekend, breaking a two-game losing streak. The Bloemfontein side has claimed just two wins from 10 away matches this season.

Phunya Sele Sele are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 29 points from 20 matches.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Celtic have met in 48 league matches since 1985. Amakhosi have 27 wins to Phunya Sele Sele’s 10, while 11 matches have been drawn.

Chiefs have an excellent home record against Celtic, with 20 wins from 24 matches. When the teams met earlier this season they played to a 0-0 draw in Bloemfontein.

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