See­ing

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za A spate of red cards at Bloem­fontein Celtic has prompted the club’s man­age­ment to call a cri­sis meet­ing.

This after the team picked up four red cards in four suc­ces­sive Absa Premier­ship en­coun­ters.

Cap­tain Wan­dis­ile Let­labika was the lat­est cul­prit against AmaZulu last week­end.

His send­ing off fol­lowed those of de­fender Al­fred Nden­gane (against Mamelodi Sun­downs on Septem­ber 14) and striker Gabad­inho Mhango (against Su­perS­port United on Septem­ber 27), as well as coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp (against Plat­inum Stars on Au­gust 31).

Celtic lost all the three matches in which their play­ers were sent off. They drew the Stars game.

The club’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Khum­bu­lani Konco, said a meet­ing with the play­ers had clar­i­fied the sit­u­a­tion and sab­o­tage had been ruled out.

“Any in­ci­dent is viewed se­ri­ously, but in all the in­ci­dents we are sat­is­fied they were jus­ti­fi­able. Th­ese things do hap­pen in foot­ball and I think we were just un­lucky,” said Konco.

An in­sider at the club told City Press: “The chair­man has been gen­er­ous to the play­ers and it was hard to EARLY SHOWER Wan­dis­ile Let­labika fathom what was hap­pen­ing.

“Play­ers get a R10 000 win bonus and half of that for a draw. It is un­think­able that play­ers would not want to have that kind of money.”

Last week, the coach was hauled over the coals after a spate of poor re­sults and was given three games to turn things around or face the sack. He was also told to work on his tem­per when he’s on the bench.

On pa­per, the un­der-fire Mid­den­dorp has ev­ery chance of pulling off vic­to­ries as his team will face a strug­gling Polok­wane City and Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria be­fore tak­ing on Bid­vest Wits.

But his team has been so in­dif­fer­ent, vic­to­ries in th­ese matches are not guar­an­teed.

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