Celtic expect tough battle against Chiefs

John Maduka says Bloemfontein Celtic are expecting a tough battle against Kaizer Chiefs as both sides come to the match with various agendas, but they are focusing more on what they should do right, and nothing else.
The sides face off in the Macufe Cup, the annual friendly, which concludes the Mangaung Cultural Festival (Macufe) event, on Sunday at the Toyota Stadium (at 3pm).
Chiefs broke Celtic's Macufe Cup three-year dominance last year when they thumped them 4-1 to claim the title, but while Amakhosi are eager to defend their title, Celtic on the other hand, seek to return to winning ways as far as the showpiece is concerned.
"We've had a good run in this event over the past few years; we’ve dominated, and we want to go back there and bring the title home," Maduka, one of the assistant coaches, told Dumelang Sport.
"We’re expecting a tough game on Sunday; it's not going to be easy, they're a good side, but the guys are ready. The aim is to take the game to them and hopefully score because that's the type of football our fans want to see."
Celtic come into the match high in spirits following their first home win of the season, beating the league champions, Wits 1-0 at Dr Molemela Stadium last week and Maduka said continuity is vital.
“We surely want to continue with that (the winning momentum) because it’s good for the players; they gain confidence. The more we win, especially at home, the more confident the players become.
So this week is no different. “In saying that though, we cannot underestimate a team like Chiefs; they, too, want to return to winning ways having lost their last match."
Celtic will be without the services of experienced defender, Wandisile Letlabika, who is nursing an ankle injury sustained against The Clever Boys.
Meanwhile, Amakhosi team manager, Bobby Motaung said they will use the match to rectify the mistakes endured in their 2-1 loss to Baroka FC. “It’s also the FIFA break and we want to keep our match fitness in preparation for the upcoming tight fixture schedule.
We look forward to the match and it's all systems go on our side," Motaung said.

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