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PSL preview - Celtic v Stars


Silver Stars will be looking to end their 2005/06 Castle Premiership season on a high when they meet Bloemfontein Celtic at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3.15pm).

Stars have had a good season so far and they are currently lying fifth in the Premiership log and would like to finish in this respectable position.

Celtic, on the other hand, will be looking for a top eight finish in order to defend the SAA Supa8 title they won last season.

"The players are all looking forward to ending their best ever season with a good win," Stars coach Owen da Gama told his club's official website.

He added: "We have already achieved our objectives this season - being placed higher than our seventh position of last year. I intend motivating my players by asking them to have some fun and to showcase our natural talent."

Stars beat 'Phunya Sele Sele' 2-1 in the first round of Premiership action and will be looking to put one over Celtic again, whilst the latter would no doubt be looking to avenge that Stars defeat.

And Celtic coach Tony de Nobrega, for one, believes that this is now the right time for his charges to break the jinx against a side many people have labelled as a hodoo team for Phunya Sele Sele.

"We will try to break that jinx as Silver Stars are difficult opponents who have just had a good season. This is our home game and it is up to us to win the game and collect maximum points," De Nobrega told his club's official website.

Tony was also concerned that he will be missing five key members of his squad through suspensions and ill-health.

Timothy Batabaire, John Maduka, and Simon Gopane will not be playing, having picked up three yellow cards. James Madidilani was shown a red card against Bush Bucks and this will be his first game out because of his automatic suspension, whilst Robson Kilambe is ill. 

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Wednesday, November 8
Castle Premiership
Swallows v BidVest Wits
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Saturday, November 11
Castle Premiership
Kaizer Chiefs v Swallows
Venue: FNB Stadium

Wednesday, November 22
Telkom Knockout
Ajax Cape Town v Swallows
Venue: Greenpoint Stadium

Sunday, November 5
Telkom Knockout
1-2 v BP United
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
1-0 v Arrows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
1-2 v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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First position
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Top eight
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