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Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1 AmaZulu

Bloemfontein Celtic secured a top-eight finish on the final day of the campaign after rallying from a goal down to clinch a 3-1 victory over AmaZulu at Sisa Dukashe Stadium.

The visitors shocked the home supporters after claiming the lead through Sphesihle Maduna in the fourth minute, but Siwelele rallied magnificently, drawing level just before half-time thanks to Maloisane Ramasimong. And the come-from-behind victory was secured after the half-time break as Rendani Ndou netted a brace late in the half to ensure the hosts claimed all three points on offer.

Despite producing two goals the first half was shot on goalmouth action as neither side managed to stamp their authority on proceedings.

However, the match did start with a bang as Maduna converted smartly in the box after meeting Somila Ntsundwana's inviting cross from the right.

Celtic eventually mustered a response in the 21st minute, but Teboho Khasipe's goalbound effort was kept out by Siyabonga Mbatha in the AmaZulu goal.

The hosts finally got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 41st minute, Ramasimong levelling matters with a superb header.

The start of the second half offered up little in the way of goalmouth action, but the match sprang back to life in the closing stages of the contest after substitute Ndou bagged his side's second of the game in the 79th minute.

And with the match finely poised, it was the hosts who finished strongly, with Ndou popping up again in the second minute of injury time to put the result beyond any doubt.