Rivers United’s next opponent in the CAF Confederation Cup, Bloemfontein Celtic claimed back-to-back DStv Premiership wins for the first time this season after edging past Baroka FC on Wednesday evening.

The Free State outfit were eager to put their MTN8 final disappointment behind them against Baroka, who they have not lost to since 2017.

John Maduka was forced into one change as after Ronald Pfumbidzai’s sending off in the MTN8 final, as Sello Matjila was drafted into the backline, shediso Patjie dropping to the bench.

Baroka, meanwhile, were in action for the first time in 10 days and there was a return to the line-up for Cheslyn Jampies, with

Despite the stakes for both sides, neither were able to find the breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Unfortunately continued in similar fashion to the first, with both Celtic and Bakgaka struggling to the find the break through.

However, Celtic’s frustration finally came to an end after Tumelo Mangweni got the game’s only goal in the 81st minute with his of the season, before Tumelo Njoti wrapped the spoils with a strike in the 91st minute.

The Free State side will face Rivers United in the first leg of the Confederation Cup first round next Wednesday.

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