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Football | Absa Premiership

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Celtic look to overrun ailing Cosmos



Jomo Cosmos, who are prime candidates to be relegated, will face a determined Bloemfontein Celtic side that has been inconsistent throughout the entire season when the two teams clash in an Absa Premiership at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night, kick-off at 19h30.

Cosmos are prime candidates to get the chop and campaign in a lower division next season after they have spent the entire season in the relegation zone.

Skilful player Tshidiso Tukane, who will miss the encounter in Port Elizabeth through a toe injury he picked up in his team’s Nedbank Cup quarterfinal elimination at the hands of Supersport United, says that with the Nedbank Cup finally out of the way the team can finally focus on premiership survival.

“We are struggling in the league and games in other competitions tend to be a distraction.

“We do not mind participating in the Cup but avoiding relegation is our main priority.

“It is good that we are now able to channel all our energies into the league only because multiple participation in other tournaments will crowd our already tight schedule and things like suspensions and injuries might creep in,” said Tukane.

Celtic have also not had the best of seasons thus far and Clint Larsen’s men are a shadow of the side that finished fifth in the league last season.

The Phunya Sele Sele currently occupy ninth place on the log with 31 points from 24 matches and a victory over a beleaguered Cosmos side will no doubt be what is expected by the Bloemfontein faithful.

Celtic captain Thabo Nthethe, though, believes that the match against the relegation threatened Cosmos will not be a walk in the park.

Furthermore, Celtic will be under pressure to perform as they are currently chasing a place in the top half of the league standings which will enable them to qualify for the MTN8 competition next season.

“This match is a must win match for us because we want to qualify for the top eight.

“Cosmos are not a bad side, it is just that they have been unlucky in some matches and we know that they have certain weaknesses that we would like to exploit.

“Facing a side that is languishing at the bottom of the table is something dangerous because they are fighting for their PSL lives and we need to makes sure that they do not use us a stepping stone to their survival,” the 27-year-old Bafana Bafana defender said.

Celtic have gone four games without a win and the last time these two sides locked horns it finished 3-1 to the men in green and white.

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