Celtic face daunting assignment against Chiefs in MTN 8 semis

Celtic plans to maximise home ground advantage against Amakhosi.

FILE: Bloemfontein Celtic striker and the PSL’s current joint top goal scorer Lerato Lamola. Picture: Bloemfontein Celtic official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Bloemfontein Celtic upset MTN 8 title favourites Mamelodi Sundowns by beating them 4-2 on penalties after both team held each other to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of regular play, and now, they will have to negotiate their way past the defending champions and outright favourites Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-finals.

Celtic have been pitted against the Mighty Amakhosi in the last four and will host them in the first of two legs in the Free State on the weekend of the 15 and 16 August, with Chiefs welcoming Siwelele in the return leg two weekends later.

The 2014 champions, Chiefs, dug deep to beat Maritzburg United also on Wednesday night, winning by an emphatic 5-3 at the FNB Stadium after going two goals down in the first half.

Celtic captain Bevan Fransman says they will have to maximise their home ground advantage

"For me I think we have to go in this game with a certain amount of caution, but at the same time we have to put one foot in the final by scoring and putting them on the backfoot a bit"

In the second semi-final, Wits will travel to the Cape next weekend to tackle Ajax Cape Town in their first leg encounter.

The Clever Boys wept aside Gordon Igesund's Supersport United by three goals to one after 120 minutes to book their place in the semis, while Roger de Sa's Urban Warriors had to contend with another giant of South African football in Orlando Pirates.

Ajax put a single goal past the Buccaneers to be the only team to wrap their match up within 90 minutes, denting Pirates' hopes of challenging for the MTN 8, Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup, premiership and CAF Confederation Cup titles this season.

The 2015 MTN 8 semi-finals:

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs

Ajax Cape Tow vs Wits