Celtic focusing on defence

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Bloemfontein Celtic are using much of the international break focusing on defence and conceding less.

Celtic is currently seventh on the Absa Premiership log standings and has played 10 games so far. Siwelele is still uncertain if the side has a number one goalkeeper.

Goalkeeper coach Simon Gopane, former player and legend at Celtic says they are looking for consistency in between the goal posts.

Celtic has three goalkeepers in 22 year-old Sipho Chaine, SA U/23 keeper Mondli Mpoto and former Orlando Pirates keeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

The 48-year-old coach says consistency will dictate who will be Celtic’s number one’s ‘keeper.

Gopane forms part of the technical side along with John Maduka and Lehlohonolo Seema. Phunya Sele Sele have conceded 11 goals so far this season and only scored 15 times. Gopane says conceding has not been caused by individual mistakes.

Celtic has been rotating their ‘keepers in cup and league matches and the youngest 21 year-old Mpoto has conceded two goals in two matches.

Chaine, who moved up from Siwelele’s development structures has conceded six goals from two games and Mabokgwane has conceded seven goals from eight appearances.

Cameroonian Goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb was Celtic’s number one for a number of years and Gopane admits that the keeper’s abrupt exit from the side in May this year did rattle them little.

Although Celtic only won three league matches so far,  Gopane says their planning is still on track. – Report by Tshenolo Meruti