Bragging rights up for grabs

The Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder, Jacky Motshegwa in action against the Kaizer Chiefs during the 2018 Macufe Cup. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

Bragging rights will be up for grabs on Sunday when Bloemfontein Celtic play against Kaizer Chiefs in the annual Macufe Cup.

The match, which has become somewhat of an iconic fixture on the Celtic and Bloemfontein calendar, is officially a friendly match, however, it will be nothing less than war out on the park.

The game will also be the first that Celtic and Chiefs go head-to-head this season and seeing that Free State PSL club ended above the Soweto giants in the league standings last season they will have a point to prove.

Last year the Amakhosi beat Phunya Sele Sele 2-0 to lift the trophy for the seventh time since the inception of the Macufe Cup.

With Chiefs in dominant form in the Premier Soccer League this season and leading the standings at the moment, the Glamour Boys will be fancied for an eighth win.

Celtic has a big break in league action and will target this fixture for much-needed game time and at the same try look to iron out problems against quality opponents.

With this week being a FIFA international week, the Chiefs’ football manager, Bobby Motaung, welcomes the “friendly” fixture.

“The coach is still working on some combinations for consistency. Some players have not had a chance to play. It is still early in the season with only eight matches played in the league.

“This means we are still in the preparation phase for the long journey in the league. Most importantly, we will use this game as a way to minimise the effects of the FIFA break on the momentum of the team.”

Sunday afternoon’s Macufe Cup at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein kicks off 15:00. – MORGAN PIEK