Pfumbidzai on cloud nine

HARARE - Ronald Pfumbidzai is pleased to have reached the Telkom Knockout final with his new side Bloemfontein Celtic just three months after joining the Super Diski side from CAPS United.

The left back joined Phunya Sele Sele in July after impressing in the African Champions League for Makepekepe.

He has already established his place in Veselin Jelusic’s side ever since his arrival in Bloemfontein and was in the starting XI when Celtic dumped Polokwane City on penalties during last Sunday’s Telkom Knockout semi-final.

The tie had finished 1-1 after extra-time after Tshegofatso Mabaso had given Celtic the lead before Rendani Ndou equalised for Rise and Shine.

Pfumbidzai and his teammates went on to book their place in the final after winning the shootout 4-3 and will now meet Bidvest Wits in the final at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on December 2. 

Celtic players are also in for a huge pay day if they beat the Clever Boys in the final after club CEO Khumbulani Konco revealed they will share a R2 million bonus.

“I’m very happy because I have only been here for almost three months and I’m going to be playing in a final,” Pfumbidzai told the Daily News from Bloemfontein.

“What makes me happy also is the fact that I’m playing in the starting XI week-in week-out. It’s every player’s dream to play in a final; that’s a big stage and I’m so happy.”

Pfumbidzai credits hard work for the way he has seamlessly fitted into the Celtic team.

“It’s all down to hard work and sometimes I believe God has got plans for all of us so sometimes it’s only a matter of time but I just want to keep on working hard so as to take my game to another level,” he said.

Looking ahead of next month’s final, the former Makepekepe fans’ favourite is fully aware that it will not be an easy game against Gavin Hunt’s side.

“Yes it’s not going to be easy because we are going to play against the reigning South Africa Premier League champions,” he said.

“They are not having the best of starts to the new season so I think they want to redeem themselves and it’s going to be a tight final. We also want it bad so it’s going to be war.”

The year 2017 has been a fruitful one for Pfumbidzai after he had a memorable African Champions League run with Makepekepe before sealing the move to Celtic.

He also tied the knot with his sweetheart Graduate shortly before he left for Bloemfontein.  

“I would like to thank God for the talent he has given me and the opportunity to showcase it,” Pfumbidzai said.

“I would also like to thank my teammates for helping me settle here, my coaches have also helped me a lot. My wife and family has also given me a lot of support.”

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