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Neeskens: Set to tinker

Neeskens: Set to tinker

Bloemfontein Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns will contest a dress rehearsal of the Telkom Knockout final when they clash at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.

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Phunya Sele Sele booked their place in the Ziwa Mo showpiece with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Free State Stars in the semi-finals, while the Brazilians progressed with a 1-0 win over SuperSport United.

The two side's league form, however, could not be more different. The Brazilians have been beyond woeful this season and have managed just a single victory so far, while four draws and six defeats have left the side with seven points from their opening 11 league matches.

Celtic, meanwhile, find themselves in the right half of the table, with Clinton Larsen's men currently seventh in the standings with 16 points from their opening 11 games.

Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens hinted he will consider fielding two largely different squads for the two ties, the cup final taking place next weekend.

He told Backpage TXT: "Everybody knows everyone in this league. They have seen us play. They can get videos to check how we pay. We can do the same about them. I think you won't surprise them if you play one team on Sunday and then another in the final.

"If they do something similar it won't be a surprise for us either."

Posted: 24/11/12 16:15

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