BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic on Monday got yet another home quarterfinal against Soweto giants in a cup competition.
Having beaten Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout at the same stage last November, Celtic will be lifted by that emphatic come-from-behind victory when they welcome Kaizer Chiefs for the last eight of the Nedbank Cup in April.
Celtic were eventual winners of the Telkom Knockout and striker Lennox Bacela said although Amakhosi were tough opponents, playing them in front of their Free State crowd in three weeks’ time would help Celtic be more daring.
"I think after we won the Telkom Knockout, a lot of people thought the wheels would come off. But we have just kept going," Bacela said after the draw in Johannesburg.
"That has helped us go for even bigger things this season and the way we beat Pirates shows how important our home record is.
"We have to overcome big games to win the cup," said Bacela, pointing out Celtic had to go past neighbours Free State Stars in a derby match to progress to the quarterfinals.
Celtic and Chiefs will have an opportunity to assess each other before the cup game. They meet in a league match on March 31, something that will comfort Amakhosi midfielder Willard Katsande.
"History will tell you that we are not that good against Celtic, but this is a different stage and a different competition," he said.
Katsande said the possibility of winning the league double was tough to ignore. "We really need this cup but we want to take it one game at a time."
Other quarterfinal matches include Mamelodi Sundowns against Platinum Stars and United FC taking on African Warriors.
The PSL said the last 16 fixture between Tembu Royals and Maritzburg United — delayed because of an arbitration process after AmaZulu complained Royals had fielded an illegal player — would be played on Friday. The winner of that game will then face SuperSport United in the quarterfinals.