Baroka aim to build on Arrows victory

Baroka FC will be aiming to build on their unbeaten start to the Absa Premiership season with victory over Bloemfontein Celtic at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 3:00pm CAT.

Bakgaga have accumulated four points from two matches thus far, having followed a 2-2 draw at home to Cape Town City with a 1-0 win away to Bidvest Wits earlier this month thanks to a stunning free-kick from Gerald Phir Jnr.

The Malawi international is hoping to add to his superb strike when the Limpopo club face a Celtic side who put five past their most recent league opponents.

"We want to build on our last performance against Wits and get our first win at home this season," said Phiri.

"For starters, a clean sheet on home soil would be great again and obviously we want to score goals to please our fans."

Siwelele followed a 3-1 loss to Orlando Pirates on the opening weekend of the season with a 5-0 thumping of Golden Arrows at Dr Molemela Stadium.

Ndumiso Mabena, Manzi Masuku, Harris Tchilimbou, Mzwanele Mahashe and Andile Fikizolo netted for Phunya Sele Sele, who put on a grand show in front of their vocal fans.

Celtic, though, were unable to carry that sort of form into the MTN8 where they suffered a 3-1 loss away to Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend.

"We didn't have that fluidity [against Sundowns] until the last ten minutes or so. But we played in patches. And I think we could have used our breaks especially in the second half," said Siwelele coach Lehlohonolo Seema.

"Once again we conceded from a set-piece, we will look at it in training. They will learn. In this team we need to make sure we can defend better. We have showed we can score in every game, but we need to double our efforts in defending," he concluded.

Star players to watch:

Baroka FC

Gerald Phir Jnr: The midfielder has already proven to be an excellent and exciting addition for the Limpopo club. His goal earned Bakgaga a full house of points last time out and he will be eager to build on his form by leading the club to victory on home soil.

Elvis Chipezeze: The Zimbabwe international has been superb for the club since his arrival in the province last year. While Phri's goal earned the plaudits, it was his performances in goal that kept out the Clever Boys and Bakgaga will be counting on the shot-stopper to lead from the back once more.

Bloemfontein Celtic

Ndumiso Mabena: The Siwelele skipper has scored two goals in three games across all competitions this season, and was at the heartbeat in the club's convincing win over Arrows. He only seems to be getting better with age and where Celtic finish this season will depend largely on the influential forward.

Mzwanele Mahashe: Two goals in his opening two games, the defender's emergence at the Free State club couldn't have come at a more crucial time. He is a threat come set-piece time and astute in defence - almost everything a coach wishes for in a centre-back.