Nedbank Cup – Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 Maritzburg: Siwelele edge Team of Choice
Siwelele netted through Tumelo Ntjoti, Ramasimong Maloisane and Harris Tchilimbou, while Thabiso Kutumela and Kwanda Mngonyama scored for the visitors
Exciting attacker Tumelo Njoti was one of the players, who were making their return to the Phunya Sele Sele starting line-up.
On the other hand, Eric Tinkler rested some of his key players following Maritzburg’s win over Kaizer Chiefs in a PSL match last weekend.
Bongani Mpandle replaced fellow goalkeeper Richard Ofori, but in-form striker Thabiso Kutumela kept his place in the team.
Maritzburg did most of the attacking in the early stages of the encounter and they were awarded a penalty after Justice Chabalala was adjudged to have handled the ball.
His former Orlando Pirates teammate Kutumela then stepped up and fired past Celtic goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg in the 17th minute.
However, the home side managed to level matters when the visitors failed to clear their lines a few minutes before the half-hour mark.
Miguel Timm failed to clear the ball away and Ntjoti pounce and beat Mpandle with a header from close range to make it 1-1 much to the delight of the home crowd.
The two teams were locked at 1-1 during the half-time break following a lively start.
Phunya Sele Sele came back brimming with confidence following their half-time team talk with their coach Seema.
Mzwanele Mahashe watched in disbelief as Mpandle produced a great save to deny the Celtic central defender from close range.
However, Mpandle was beaten when he failed to hold on to Ndumiso Mabena’s low shot and Ramasimong Maloisane netted to make it 2-1 to Celtic in the 65th minute.
Maritzburg pushed and they did grab a late goal through Kwanda Mngonyama, who tapped home to make it 2-2.
However, Harries Tchilimbou had other ideas as he turned home Siphelele Luthuli’s low cross to seal Celtic’s 3-2 win over Maritzburg on the night.