Mamelodi Sundowns’ fullback Thapelo Morena isn’t reading much to the financial challenges that Bloemfontein Celtic are going through ahead of their Absa Premiership clash at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on Wednesday.
Despite their off-the-field drama, Celtic have started well this season to collect 13 points from six matches. The Brazilians are four points behind Celtic having played one game less.
“We know how they are going to come,” Morena said. “We have been doing well at training due to knowing their style of play and how they are going to approach the game. It’s going to be a difficult game for us because we need the three points.”
“Those three points will boost us in the league. They have been going through some challenges that we have been reading about in newspapers, but I don’t think that they will take that to the game. They are going to come at us motivated that they are playing Sundowns and will want to give it their best.”
Morena will return to his former home in Bloemfontein on Wednesday on a high after being called up to the Bafana Bafana team that will take on Seychelles in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at FNB Stadium later this month.
“Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the coaches at Mamelodi Sundowns. Secondly, I would like to say thank you to coach Stuart Baxter for giving me this opportunity,” Morena said. “Coach Pitso Moaimane and the technical team at Sundowns put a lot of emphasis on me to do my best. I think that really worked out. I am happy and humbled to be a part of Bafana Bafana. It has been a while since I was a part of the national team. From now on I will work on staying consistently in the national team. I will do my level best when I am given an opportunity.”