Celtic no longer for sale

Bloemfontein Celtic Chairman, Max Tshabalala PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The sale of Bloemfontein Celtic has been cancelled. This comes a week after the club’s chairman, Max Tshabalala, announced that he will be putting the club on the market and that he wants out.

He further confirmed his intentions of selling Celtic on Monday morning at Siwelele Park in Bloemfontein during a press conference, where he also said did wants the club to remain local.

“We’ve got two offers, unfortunately they are from outside,” said Tshabalala.

“They wanted to fly in today (Monday). I may be angry, but at the end of the day I’m angry at certain people who are doing bad things, not at the people of Mangaung.

“I give the people of Mangaung the first preference.”

On Friday morning, it transpired that there was an alleged leaked staff letter revealing that the club was not for sale.

According to the alleged letter it said that the club was not for sale and will no longer be sold “under any circumstances”.

However, the club’s spokesman, Sello Nduna, has confirmed to Courant that Celtic in no longer for sale.

On Sunday the club held a meeting at the Pax Nova Hall in Botshabelo, where they engaged with their supporters and members of the community to discuss the events of the past week.

The club’s founding father, Dr Petrus Molemela, was in attendance at the supporters’ general meeting and even addressed the packed hall.

One of the key issues Celtic conceded is that there is a clear communication gap between the management of the team and the sides’ faithful supporters, something that they feel needs to be remedied.

The team’s lawyer Cobus Bredenkamp also produced documentation verifying the purchase of the team and ownership to the Tshabalala family.

The management of Phunya Sele Sele also revealed that they had met with Tshabalala and that they had asked him to reconsider the sale of the club, because it was an emotional decision.

As is stands at this point in time, Celtic will remain in the ownership of the Tshabalala family.

In a positive move, an eleven member committee was founded during the meeting which will represent the supporters and they will also be liaising with Celtic on a regular basis.