Tendai Ndoro displayed great experience, scoring the winning goal for Highlands Park as they overcame Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match played at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Saturday.
Ndoro was thrown in by coach Owen da Gama in the 68th minute and three minutes later Mothobi Mvala was sent off for a second bookable offence.
With the odds stacked against the home team already one men down, Ndoro masterly crafted his goal through a crowded 18 yard box in the 86th minute to give his side some much needed relief. Da Gama was a thrilled man after the match.
Celtic’s problems meanwhile have been in the public eye with their players reportedly boycotting to turn out for this game but their on-field performance seemed to defy all logic as they gave it their all with four chances hitting the woodwork after a sustained pressure on the Lions.
Coach Lehlohonolo Seema seemed happy with the way his players applied themselves.
It was a case of déjà vu as the reverse fixture last December saw Highlands Park overcome Celtic with ten men after having lost Phoka Mofokeng in Bloemfontein.
Da Gama spoke about Ndoro’s impact on the team both on and off the field.
For now Seema’s coaching staff and players will have the difficult task of blocking out thoughts of their immediate future‚ and what will happen to their financially crippled club at the end of the season. – Report by Jefferson Lupuwana