Absa Premiership

Tignyemb: Celtic 'brotherhood' can clinch TKO title

2017-12-01 13:15
Patrick Tignyemb (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic captain Patrick Tignyemb believes that the camaraderie in the team can carry them to victory against Bidvest Wits in the TKO final.

Celtic clash with the Clever Boys in the 2017 Telkom Knockout (TKO) final at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday evening, 6pm kick off.

Unlike Bidvest Wits, who are the defending Absa Premiership champions and won the MTN8 last season, the Free State club have not been regular participants in cup finals.

It was, in fact, five years ago when they last made an appearance in a final, winning the 2012 Telkom Knockout 1-0 against Mamelodi Sundowns. Tignyemb is the only survivor in the current team who was in action that day.

"Personally for me, it will be an achievement to win the trophy for the second time and we ask God for mercy and strength to help the team achieve," said the Cameroon-born goalkeeper.

"What is helping us this season is that we are fighting for each other, praying together and the friendship we have built amongst ourselves is that of brotherhood."

Tignyemb also heralded the influence head coach Veselin Jelusic has had in his first season at the club.

"The coach and technical team are not putting pressure on us, instead they are constantly reminding us to continue playing with tactical discipline and converting our chances. 

"Whilst it is a fact that Wits has good players, we will be able to match them on the day, this is due to the fact that there is huge self-belief reigning in the team."

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