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Bloemfontein Celtic v Richards Bay

Bloemfontein Celtic have an excellent opportunity to advance to the next round of the Nedbank Cup when they face National First Division outfit Richards Bay in a last-16 tie at Free State Stadium.

Celtic are in the midst of a financial crisis however respite could be arriving in the near future when it was recently announced current owner Max Tshabalala had agreed to sell to business woman Sinki Leshabane.

Bay come into the contest in decent form in the NFD as they are fifth in the second tier and also have a danger man in their side in the form of Michael Boy Gumede, who has six goals in the league.

Meanwhile, Siwelele continue to display remarkable form despite their financial predicament and are fifth in the Premiership.

Nonetheless, Celtic Chief Operating Officer Chabeli Motsamai says over-confidence won't be a factor. He told the club's official website: "Our philosophy is simple, we don't underestimate any team. Our game in the same cup against Super Eagles proved beyond measure that these lower division teams can be very lethal especially wanting to prove their worth against PSL teams.

"Already some PSL teams have been knocked out by these so called minnows hence the cautious approach from our technical team.

"I'm glad we have a very competitive team, with an abundance of talent and whoever given the chance to perform with do with aplomb.

"Cup games are crucial because they allow us to have a proper look at some of the fringe players and consequently afford us the chance to win one prestigious tournament. Our boys have been looking sharp and raring to go. There is an element of positive vibe and eagerness to win."

Kickoff in the encounter gets underway from 20:15 in Bloemfontein.