Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership clash.
Amakhosi raced into the lead in the 12th minute after a
pin-point pass from Joseph Molangoane found George Maluleka on the right and he
slotted the ball into the back of the net with a low shot across Patrick
Siphiwe Tshabalala had a golden opportunity to double the
visitors' lead on the half-hour mark, but failed to control the ball with his
back to goal following a good through-ball from Maluleka, who sprung the
Siwelele had their first effort on goal in the 38th minute.
Alfred Ndengane found Musa Nyatama in the centre, with the latter firing a
long-range effort that Itumeleng Khune had to tip over the crossbar.
Chiefs doubled their lead in the 67th minute when Gustavo Paez
was on hand to net a third goal in two games - after scoring twice in the cup.
Despite the defeat, Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach
Lehlohonolo Seema was surprisingly optimistic about his charges performance.
"We started very slowly and while we were still trying
to find our feet they got a goal,” Seema said after the game as quoted by
“We managed to rectify things, our support going up front,
the movement and also to make sure that we close down Shabba (Siphiwe
Tshabalala) a bit quicker.
“After half-time we started well, we addressed some of the
issues and the game was balanced up until … I don’t know what happened there.
It is one of those things where you don’t know what goes through a player’s
head when he does something like that.
“It was always going to be difficult after we conceded a
goal like that, but the guys kept on fighting. But I think after the second
goal made it difficult for ourselves and it wasn't easy to come back."