Cape Town City look to in-form Mdantsane ahead of Celtic clash

Cape Town City are set to square off with Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 5:00 pm CAT.

The Citizens will be looking to return to winning ways after being held to a 1-1 draw by Baroka FC in the DStv Premiership match last weekend.

City, who were eliminated in the Last 32 last season, have never won the Nedbank Cup, but they have clinched MTN8 and Telkom Knockout titles since the club's inception in 2016.

Jan Olde Riekerink, the City head coach, has stressed the importance of winning the South Africa FA Cup ahead of their clash with their DStv Premiership rivals, Celtic.

“We have tried to give the group as much rest as is possible, to have one or two days off," Riekerink said.

"We had a short stop [festive season break], and you have to manage it in the weeks where you can give them time off. But we want to win this Nedbank Cup, I know how important it can be for the club and players to win something.

"You win five games and you have something on your CV. At the end of your career, it is about what it is on your CV and not just in your pocket [money].

Meanwhile, Celtic are wounded after succumbing to a 4-3 defeat to AmaZulu FC in an enthralling league encounter on Tuesday.

Phunya Sele Sele are hoping to go all the way and clinch their second Nedbank Cup trophy this term after being defeated by Mamelodi Sundowns in last season's final.

John Maduka, the Celtic head coach, was disappointed to lose to AmaZulu in stoppage time and he is eager to ensure that his side stops conceding soft goals ahead of the cup clash with City.

“It is very disappointing that we lost the game and we conceded soft goals but, in a game, where you score three goals you must be able to win the game," Maduka said.

“So, it is something we have to continue working on especially when it comes to our defence because you can only win games if you defend well."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cape Town City

Mduduzi Mdantsane: The left-footed playmaker is enjoying his best season having grabbed his third assist of the campaign against Baroka and he has now been involved in 11 goals. Mdantsane will be key to a City win over Celtic.

Bradley Ralani: The dribbling wizard has also been very influential for the Citizens having netted three goals in his last three matches. Ralani will be looking to continue his good form and help the Western Cape side reach the Last 16.

Bloemfontein Celtic

Harris Tchilimbou: The Congo-Brazzaville international is brimming with confidence at the moment after grabbing a brace in Celtic's defeat to AmaZulu. Tchilimbou will be determined to maintain his scoring form in Cape Town.

Victor Letsoalo: The hard-working striker was one of the reasons why Celtic reached last season's Nedbank Cup final and he was named Player of the Tournament. Letsoalo has the ability to inspire Siwelele to a win over City.