Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic defender Tshepo Rikhotso
says he is not surprised by how well Mzwanele Mahashe has played as his new
partner in the centre of the defence.
Mahashe made only his third appearance in the league this
season when he replaced Wandisile Letlabika in the game against Sundowns last
week after latter suffered a concussion.
Siwelele kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with the defending
champions and then Mahashe and Rikhotso started together in the central defence
in Wednesday's 1-1 stalemate with Orlando Pirates.
Rikhotso said of his defensive partner in the SowetanLIVE
website: "Mahashe is very strong. He’s experienced. You saw how he
conducted himself when he came on for Letlabika against Sundowns.
"I enjoy playing with him. We have a nice
"Even at Baroka Mahashe was a reliable defender. I am
not surprised that he has managed to step up to the plate when Letlabika got
injured. This shows that we have a strong team."
Celtic's next game in will be against Wits on 15 March.