Maduka carries a heavy load


Kick off is at 15h30 and the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Phunya Sele Sele are reeling from a 3-1defeat at the hands of Moroka Swallows on the weekend and the departure of coach Khabo Zondo.

Earlier in the season it seemed as if Zondo and his young team would be genuine contenders for the championship, but four losses in their last five matches had added to the gloom.

The visit of Orlando Pirates comes at tricky time for the Bloemfontein team, who will now find themselves in a transitional phase and so a lot will rest on the shoulders of hard tackling captain, John Maduka.

Despite his age (turning 38 in September), Maduka has continued to produce consistent performances for his side ā€“ proving yet again, that age is nothing but a number. There is no doubt that the Malawi-born general will be tasked to mark Bucsā€™ midfield maestro Teko Modise, but whether he has what it takes to stop our Bafana Bafana international remains to be seen.

The Buccaneers, after claiming just a single point from their last two games, must defeat Celtic if they are to revive their fading title hopes.

A repeat of their 3-0 win over Phunya Sele Sele earlier in the season, where Excellent Walaza scored an impressive brace, would be just what the doctor ordered as far as coach as Owen Da Gama is concerned.

Captain Lehlohonolo Seema and Lucky Legwathi are currently out nursing injuries however Happy Jele and Walaza are back from suspension.

Jele returns to help strengthen Pirates defence while Walaza adds more fire-power upfront

Celtic:Date Opponent H/A Result02/03/08 Moroka Swallows A L 1-324/02/08 AmaZulu H W 3-220/02/08 Free State Stars A L 0-113/02/08 Ajax Cape Town A L 1-322/12/07 SuperSport United A L 0-1

Pirates:01/03/08 Golden Arrows H D 0-024/02/08 Santos A L 1-220/02/08 Mamelodi Sundowns H W 3-116/02/08 BidVest Wits H W 2-013/02/08 Moroka Swallows A W 3-0