Celtic cancels Player Awards

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MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein Celtic called off their annual Player Awards Function after the team lost their season-ending Premier Soccer League game against Moroka Swallows on Saturday.

Celtic needed to beat the relegation bound Dube Birds in Dobsonville in order to secure the fifth place in the standings, however dropped to seventh with the 1-0 loss.

Last week the team lost the Free State derby to Free State Stars in Bloemfontein which spelt their third straight loss at home leaving the club chairman Max Tshabalala fuming.

Last week Tshabalala told Courant that if the team lost to Moroka Swallows he would cancel their awards function scheduled for yesterday.

“On Sunday we are having what we call Players Awards. If we lose three consecutive matches, what are were awarding? What are we saying to our supporters? What are were celebrating? We can’t do that.

“It’s not only to say that we lost in the derby now, it’s to say that we accept our loss in the derby, but can’t lose to a team who is bound for relegation, what are we saying to our supporters for next season?

“If we play to a draw against Swallows or lose this coming Saturday then the awards are not there…we’re cancelling them,” a fuming Tshabalala said.

Moeketsi Sekola scored during Free State Stars’ 2-2 to Black Aces to snatch the PSL Golden Boot Award from Lerato Lamola of Celtic.

Kaizer Chiefs were oficially crowned 2014/15 PSL Champions in Port Elizabeth in a match marred by a supporter being shot dead after fans invaded the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium pitch to celebrate the Amakhosi’s win.