Celtic face Richards Bay in Ke Yona

Bloemfontein Celtic will lock horns with Richards Bay FC in the Nedbank Last 16 match at the Dr. Molemela Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

Phunya Sele Sele advanced to the last 16 after defeating the defending champions SuperSport United 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at home last month.

On Wednesday, Celtic saw their three-match unbeaten run come to an end when they lost 2-0 to Polokwane City at home in an Absa Premiership match.

Meanwhile, Richards Bay eased into the last 16 after thumping lower division side Bloemfontein Young Tigers 5-0 at home last month.

Since then the Natal Rich Boys have recorded two defeats and one win in the National First Division (NFD). They beat University of Pretoria 1-0 at home in their previous league game last weekend.

Previous starting line-ups:

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Pfumbidzai, Rikhotso, Mabasa, Masuku, Molekwane, Gordinho, Baloyi, Phalane, Mabena, Hotto.

Richards Bay: Ngcobo, Mthethwa, Mncineka, Jampies, Abubakar, Maphathe, Gumede, Ntuli, Sekese, Mkhulise, Mensah.

Head-to-Head

N/A - This will be the first competitive meeting of Bloemfontein Celtic and Richards Bay.

What are the teams saying?

Bloemfontein Celtic head coach Veselin Jelusic

“We will go all out against Richards Bay FC on Sunday,” he said.

“We do not consider that they are participating in the National First Division (NFD). It will be 11 versus 11 when we face them.”

Richards Bay midfielder Lebogang Sentsho

“The goal (against Bloemfontein Young Tigers) is even better for me because we won the game and got through to the next round comfortably,” he said.

“We’ve got a new coach in charge and this has helped with the team dynamic. We are together as a group and the spirit among the players is very good.”

Bloemfontein Celtic key players

Patrick Tignyemb: The experienced goalkeeper was the hero for Celtic as they defeated SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup last 32 game. The former Cameroon youth international will be looking to play an important role in helping his side advance to the quarterfinals.

Deon Hotto: The left-footed attacking midfielder is one of Celtic’s key players, having featured in all of the team’s 23 league games this season. The Namibia international will be keen to inspire Phunya Sele Sele to victory on Sunday.

Richards Bay key players

Michael Gumede: The midfielder’s two goals helped Richards Bay beat Bloemfontein Young Tigers 5-0 in the last 32 encounter. The former Thanda Royal Zulu player will be eager to continue his good form against Celtic and help his side reach the quarterfinals.

Thabiso Nkoana: The experienced striker is one of the senior players in the Richards Bay squad. The former SuperSport and Ajax Cape Town forward will be hoping to use his experience to help the Natal Rich Boys stun Celtic.