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PSL Preview: Bloemfontein Celtic v AmaZulu

Bloemfontein Celtic will be pushing for a top-eight finish when they clash with AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Saturday.

Phunya Sele Sele have not made the top eight in three successive seasons. At present, they occupy ninth position, one point behind eighth-placed Highlands Park and two points behind seventh-placed Kaizer Chiefs. Highlands play Supersport, while Chiefs face off with Chippa United.

After reigniting their top-eight hopes with victory over Chiefs two weeks back, Lehlonolo Seema's side faltered with a 1-0 defeat to Highlands Park last weekend.

It has been a turbulent season off the field for Celtic, who have had to cope with pitch invasions from their fans who are not happy with reported plans to sell the club.

Meanwhile, Usuthu are coming off the back of a 1-1 draw with Black Leopards at home last weekend. Cavin Johnson's side are in 11th position, three points above 12th-placed Baroka.

Mbhazima Rikhotso is suspended for Celtic, who will be looking to Tshegofatso Mabaso to provide the goals, with the striker having netted nine times in the league this season.

Seema has reiterated his side's desire to finish in the top eight and give the Siwelele supporters something to smile about after an ill-tempered season.

“It’s now three seasons that the club has failed to finish among the top eight teams in the Absa Premier League," said the former Orlando Pirates and Celtic defender.

"That’s our main target."

The last time the sides met, AmaZulu cruised to a 3-0 victory at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in December of last year.