Celtic earn first away win to ensure survival

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Ndumiso Mabena PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein Celtic have finally broken their winless drought in the Premier Soccer League away matches, and this has come at a very important time.

Phunya Sele Sele have earned their first away win of the entire 2020/21 season on Tuesday night by beating the Nedbank Cup finalists, Chippa United, 2-1 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane.

Celtic earned three points and put themselves out of contention for relegation with the win over the Chilli Boys.

Raymond Mduduzi opened the scoring for Chippa in the 38th minute of the match, and this was against the run of play as the visitors were dominating in all aspects of the game during the first stanza.

Neo Maema equalised for Celtic in the 66th minute, before the captain, Ndumiso Mabena, fittingly scored the winner for Celtic on the eve of his 34th birthday.

Mabena said their win was worth more than three points and they have two ‘finals’ left in order to secure a position in the top eight of the league and earn the right to play in an extra cup competition next season.

“It was most definitely a very important game for us, and we see the win as being worth six points.

“With the position that we are in, we have been struggling to get to 30 points on the log, and we got the three points that we needed.

“We will take it one game at a time because we now have two ‘cup finals’ to play. It has not been easy but we are happy with what we have been able to achieve as a team.”

Celtic are now on 31 points for the season, which makes it mathematically impossible for them to be relegated.

In order to make the top eight, Celtic will need to beat Mamelodi Sundowns at home on 2 June, and Black Leopards away on 5 June. – MORGAN PIEK