Stars travel to Celtic for Free State derby

Sunday’s clash between Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium promises to be an intriguing affair.

The Free State Derby has been somewhat one-sided in recent times, with Siwelele claiming three wins in the last six meetings between the two sides.

With the sixth-placed Celtic currently locked in a scrap for a top-eight berth and Stars in the midst of a relegation scrap, the stakes could not be any higher.

And, to add an extra layer of intrigue to the encounter, this could in fact be skipper Paulus Masehe’s last appearance in the derby – the 35-year-old could be tempted to hang up his boots at the end of the season in order to pursue a career in coaching for Ea Lla Koto.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash, Masehe said: “We have thoroughly prepared for this all-important fixture against Celtic.

“The team acknowledge that Celtic is currently doing well, but it’s a must-win game for us in order to move away from the relegation zone.

“It’s not the first time we find ourselves in this sort of situation, so we will go there to pick up nothing less than three points.

“We are ready and we will fight tooth and nail; it’s not easy playing against Celtic especially at home.

“This could be my last derby and it will be nice and special to at least end up on the winning side in my last derby.”

One player who will not be involved on Sunday is Sifiso Mbhele, as he is forced to sit out through suspension.

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