Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema congratulated
his team after they held title contenders Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 on Tuesday.
Siwelele took the lead in the 38th minute when Mbhazima
Rikhotso slotted home after a corner was not dealt with by the home side's
The visitors were resolute in their defensive effort and
held out until ten minutes from time when Luvuyo Memela scored to give the
Buccaneers a point that took them to top of the table on goal difference.
Even though 8th placed Celtic will be happy to have taken a
point from the Orlando Stadium, Seema still thought they could perhaps have
snatched all three.
Seema told SuperSport after the game: "I must
congratulate the guys, they've worked extremely hard. It's not easy to keep
Pirates at bay for that long.
"We knew it was going to be better for us to get the
second goal, so we can ease the pressure. They wanted to get the goal, then
they would open up.
"But we kept on missing chances from the breaks we had.
We were supposed to use them effectively, so we can hurt them.
"We knew if they can get one goal they'll push everyone
up, they put on [Thamsanqa] Gabuza, we expected those crosses."
Celtic's next game in the league is on 15 March when they
host another title contender, Bidvest Wits.