Mamelodi Sundowns may have two weeks off due to the Afcon U23 tournament, but they’ve stepped up their preparations for the Telkom KO final against Kaizer Chiefs next weekend.
The Brazilians’ official site revealed their program against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
Coming off the back of a mid-week game in Rustenburg Coach Pitso Mosimane would have to be mindful of his squad selection as the boys took on a Celtic side full of quality.
Khaya Shozi looked impressive with the youngster starting brightly as he teed up Madisha inside the opening 10min who was inches wide of goal, the Celtic backline had been warned.
The Celtic back four were being stretched and conceded a free kick on the edge of the box, up stepped Katlego Mashego with his golden left foot, the strikers effort shaving the left hand upright.
Khaya again full off running, continued to harass the Celtic backline with real intent on attack and came close to opening the scoring as he burst into the box, his effort bringing the best out of the Celtic shot-stopper.
With one eye on the final, the technical team rang the changes again bringing instant reward as Leonardo Castro found the back of the net after a lovely through ball from Ngele.
In a purple patch himself, midfield hard man Hlompho pushed hard and got on the end of a Anthony Laffor cross to fire Downs two goals to the good.
Not ones to turn over and accept defeat Celtic pushed hard to claw their way back into the game and the men from Bloemfontein pulled one back on the hour mark.
Anthony Laffor came off the bench and in typical style the Liberian added his name to the scoresheet with a well taken goal from a sublime crossfield ball from Teko.
The ref called time on proceedings with Downs claiming a hard fought win on the day. The technical team will be delighted as Downs’ march to the Telkom Knockout final continued with another win under their belt.
Full time: (Castro, Kekana, Laffor) Mamelodi Sundowns 3 : 1 Bloemfontein Celtic
Starting XI vs Bloemfontein Celtic FC
Kennedy Mweene, Siyanda Zwane, Mario Booysen, Bangalay Soumahoro, Matjeka Madisha, Surprise Moriri, Khaya Shozi, Lebohang Mokoena, Katlego Mashego, Percy Tau, Asavela Mbekile.
Denis Onyango, Bongani Zungu, Mzikayise Mashaba, Leonardo Castro, Thabo Nthethe, Wayne Arendse, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Hlompho Kekana, Mogakolodi Ngele, Anthony Laffor, Teko Modise, Mpho Mategka, Rheece Evans, Seun Ledwaba, Mario Booysen, Motsie Motima, Flavio Bento, Fiston Abdoul, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Cuthbert Malajila, Tiyane Mabunda, Sibusiso Kumalo.