Bloemfontein Celtic captain Thabo Nthethe would like nothing better than to go off to Poland with Bafana Bafana having handed Kaizer Chiefs their first loss of the season and recording a first win away win from home.
Nthethe’s week got off to a brilliant start after he returned earlier to the national team, but a victory at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against PSL high fliers Kaizer Chiefs would be the icing on the cake for the Celtics skipper.
Buoyed by an extraordinary 1-0 win against Orlando Pirates last Sunday, focus will be on this match to see if Phunya Sele Sele can do the double on both Soweto giants in successive weeks.
Adding even more spice to this encounter is whether anyone in the visitors’ back guard can halt Amakhosi striker Bernard Parker’s sizzling goal scoring stretch.
Parker has struck in three of his team’s six matches, raking in seven of the team’s 15 goals with Lehlohonolo Majoro, Kingston Nkatha and George Lebese also making a contribution.
“Every player is expecting a tough one against Chiefs.
“From the beginning of the season they have looked dangerous and with Parker enjoying unbelievable scoring form right now, we will have to be careful.
The bigger picture for us is in changing how we play because it has started to look like we are really bad travellers,” said Nthethe.
The host’s coach Stuart Baxter realises Celtics would like nothing better than to claim the distinction of being the first team to halt the ongoing party at Naturena by claiming the first full points from his charges.
But being the tactician that he is, Baxter would have noted his team’s first-rate home record against Clinton Larsen’s team.
Chiefs have won 21 out of 25 matches and last lost a home match to their opponents back in 1993.
Said Baxter: “We need to make sure we watch them and that our game plan is strong, carry on where we left off against Chippa United last weekend but we know it will not be easy.”
Last season the Soweto side took four points off Phunya Sele Sele, drawing 0-0 away and winning 2-0 at home.
They are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Celtic.
The match kicks off at 6pm.