Cape Town - Maritzburg United narrowly defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa
Premiership clash played at the Dr. Molemela Stadium on Wednesday.
Phunya Sele Sele and The Team of Choice locked horns in their first game of the
2016/17 league season in the city of Bloemfontein.
The first opportunity of the game went to Celtic winger Lyle Lakay from a
free-kick a minute into the game, but he placed his attempt over the crossbar.
At the other side, Maritzburg defender Brian Onyango forced Celtic goalkeeper
Patrick Tignyemb into an easy save in the 15th minute.
Maritzburg's Evans Rusike became the first player to be booked on the
night ten minutes later when the referee showed him an yellow card for
Eight minutes before the half-time break, a great pass was played to former
SuperSport United winger Lakay but his attempt missed the target.
It took only five minutes in the second-half for Lentjies to put the Team of
Choice into the lead with a right-footed shot making it 1-0 to Maritzburg.
New Celtic attacker Sydney Masana then forced Maritzburg into a good save on
the hour-mark as the home side pressed for the equalizing goal.
The home side decided to introduce promising forward Dumisani Zuma for Sibusiso
Mxoyana with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Nevertheless, Maritzburg stood firm at the back in the dying minutes of the
league encounter and ultimately they won 1-0.