Despite missing out on the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) title for the second successive year, Bloemfontein Celtic reserve side coach, Ditheko Mototo has a lot of positives to take from this year's competition. Celtic came close to lifting their maiden title after finishing four points behind champions, Golden Arrows - the same position as last year.
They, once more, finished second on the log and this time with 31 points from 10 wins in 15 matches. They beat Maritzburg United 2-1 in their last encounter in Durban last week.
The former Celtic defender admitted one of their aspirations coming into this year was to achieve more than what they did last year. However, having been unsuccessful in that attempt, he felt as far as their prime goal - development - was concerned, they did enough."It's an unfortunate situation again for us. We're disappointed with how the season penned out again. But we're looking at the positive side of things," 'Tiger' told Dumelang Sport.
He added: "Development, amongst other priorities, has been achieved. We've managed to promote two best players in the senior team; Neo Maema and Kabelo Dlamini and they have already made their PSL debuts." "For us as coaches in the development team, we're very proud of the boys. One must also applaud the MDC for the platform they give these youngsters to showcase their talent.
Nobody would've known how good they're if it wasn't for MDC, because most of these games are televised." "But if you look at our development team, we've got about 10 players who are sitting with first team contracts. That tells you we're doing well as a team. They mightn’t be playing now, but the fact that they're contracted with the first, tells you that the future is bright," he concluded.