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TS Sporting v Bloemfontein Celtic

GladAfrica Championship outfit TS Sporting will be looking to continue their impressive run in the Nedbank Cup when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarter-finals at Kanyamazane Stadium on Sunday.

Sporting have knocked out Ajax Cape Town and Happy Wanderers on their way to the last eight, with both victories coming away from home.

The second-tier side have a host of high-profile names on their books including former Orlando Pirates midfielder Sifiso Myeni and former Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke, who both have the pedigree of winning trophies.

Celtic are coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Cape Town City in their last match in the league and could yet be dragged in to the relegation zone due to their inconsistency.

But coach Lehlohonolo Seema will be buoyed by the form of Ndumiso Mabena, who was compared to Lionel Messi by Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane to emphasise just how important the 32-year-old is to Phunya Sele Sele's cause.

Mabena has been one of Siwelele's top performers this season having netted seven goals in 21 PSL appearances.

Seema was a player at Orlando Pirates when Mabena joined as a fresher-faced 25-year-old. And the Siwelele mentor was effusive in his praise of his marksman.

“The energy and intelligence in him are unbelievable. Mabena is a player I have known for many years – since our time together at Orlando Pirates," Seema told City Press.

"I was the senior player when he joined us [ahead of the 2009/10 season].”