Cape Town – Bloemfontein Celtic coach Steve
Komphela believes Saturday’s Telkom Knockout last 16 tie with Mamelodi
Sundowns will be a tough encounter due to their quality.
Celtic are set to face the reigning
Premiership champions at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria after the
resumption of domestic action following the FIFA break.
Siwelele were losing finalists to Wits in
2017/18 and will no doubt have ambitions of going one better in the current
However, they face a stiff challenge
against the Brazilians who have been the most dominant South African side over the
past few years.
Komphela told reporters: “Not that it’s
tricky. The quality at Sundowns we all know and, in a situation, where teams
are seeded you have no choice – you are going to get a top dog.
“We need to go through the Sundowns hurdle
first, the big one. We don’t want to look at the end when in the beginning you
are facing a cement wall. We need to go through Sundowns and then take baby
“Having been in the final last year, it
gives us hope to replicate that and even go one further and win it. We have to
be optimistic and we have to acknowledge it.”