Celtic to challenge FIFA transfer ban

The former Cameroonian international goalkeeper and Bloemfontein Celtic captain, Patrick Tignyemb. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The Premier Soccer League club, Bloemfontein Celtic, has lodged an appeal with CAF following the sport’s world governing body, FIFA’s decision to impose a transfer ban on the club.

FIFA has slapped Celtic with a one-year transfer ban for failing to pay their former goalkeeper and captain, Patrick Tignyemb, when he was axed.

The former Cameroonian international took Phunya Sele Sele to FIFA for unfair dismissal some two years ago.

The governing body for the sport locally, the South African Football Association (SAFA), stated that the matter has been referred to the Premier Soccer League.

“The South African Football Association has noted the sanction imposed by FIFA on Bloemfontein Celtic FC over what the club says is a labour relations matter involving one of its former players.”

“The correspondence from FIFA has been referred to the PSL for the attention of the club as stipulated in the FIFA Regulations, with a request that the club provides background to the matter and indicate which steps they intend to take.

“SAFA will provide further information as and when it is received from the club and the league.”

Meanwhile, there is pressure on the team from Bloemfontein following a heartbreaking last-minute defeat to AmaZulu on Tuesday in Durban. A last-minute freekick brought a close to the seven-goal thriller at Kings’ Park with the scoreline reading 4-3 in favour of Usuthu.
On Saturday, Phunya Sele Sele will have a tough outing in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 with the team having to travel to the Mother City to face Cape Town City. – MORGAN PIEK