Legendary Kaizer Chiefs stars lined up for Bloem Celtic clash

Kaizer Chiefs’ Legends team will face their counterparts from Bloemfontein Celtic in the Toyota Cup on July 28.

The match will be staged at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein as a curtain-raiser to the pre-season friendly between Amakhosi and Tanzanian club Young Africans.

Amakhosi Legends team coach, Thabo “TsikiTsiki” Mooki, expressed his delight at the upcoming fixture, a game that he believes will entertain and excite the fans.

Mooki, who has faced Celtic numerous times as a player, is eagerly anticipating playing in a city where he has fond memories.

Parker included in the squad

“I vividly remember winning the league title against Celtic in Bloemfontein in 2005,” said Mooki on the club’s website.

“We have a number of players in our team who have always enjoyed playing Celtic, and this game will be no different.” 

The former Chiefs number 12 is also happy to welcome new faces to the Legends fold.

“With all of these games, we try to give a variety of players the opportunity to feature,” he said.

“We are happy to have Siphiwe Tshabalala, Fabian McCarthy, and Stanton Fredericks back. We also have Bernard Parker on the team for the first time.”

For former Chiefs midfield enforcer Willard Katsande, whose competitive edge has not waned in retirement, there is no friendly game when representing the Chiefs.

We play and win for fans

“The thing about our Legends games is that we are players who transcend a few generations of the club,” said Katsande.

“When we wear the jersey, we go out there to enjoy ourselves and win for the fans.”

In order to prepare for the challenge that Celtic’s legends will present, Katsande has drawn inspiration from his own statistics as a first-team player for the Chiefs.

“In the 16 league games I played for the Chiefs against the Celtics, I only lost twice. We won seven and drew seven. We kept 10 clean sheets.

“I always enjoyed playing them and not losing to them,” said Katsande with a wink and a cheeky smile, adding that the upcoming match will be no different.

Kaizer Chiefs Legends squad:

Goalkeepers: Brian Baloyi, Tladi Mathibe

Defenders: Cyril Nzama, Bevin Fransman, Morgan Gould, Tsepo Masilela, Derrick Spencer, and Fabian McCarthy

Midfielders: Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Willard Katsande, Josta Dladla, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Jabu Mahlangu, and Stanton Fredericks

Forwards: David Radebe, Colins Mbesuma, and Bernard Parker



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