A brace by substitute Victor Letsoalo and a Ndumiso Mabena strike helped Bloemfontein Celtic storm into the Nedbank Cup final following a 3-0 win over 10-man Baroka FC at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. It was the first game and good start for coach John Maduka after taking over from Lehlohonolo Seema who join Chippa United during lockdown.
his was a historic match in the South African football calendar as it marked the resumption of the season under the supervised safety and health protocols following a five-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Granted, this match brought delight to the football fraternity after the break, but it also served as a reminder that it may very well be a while before footballers regain their full fitness.
Letsoalo rose from the bench to carry Celtic into the final as they now await the result from another Last Four encounter between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.
Should Downs make it to the final and then win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title, Celtic would be guaranteed a Caf Confederation Cup berth next season even if they lose the Nedbank Cup decider.