Saintfiet interested in vacant Celtic job

The 43-year-old international coach, Tom Saintfiet, has expressed his interest in the vacant Bloemfontein Celtic coaching job. Saintviet previously coached in South Africa when he took charge of Free State Stars in 2014. PHOTO: KICKOFF

The former Free State Stars coach, Tom Saintfiet, has expressed interest in the vacant Bloemfontein Celtic coaching job.

The job was left vacant after the club and Serame Letsoaka parted ways following their 2-1 defeat to Wits on Saturday.

Saintfiet coached Ea Lla Koto back in 2014 for ten matches. At the time Saintfiet departed from the Qwaqwa side they were lying in 11th in the standings, just three points behind Orlando Pirates and Wits.

The likeable Belgium coach felt he never really had the opportunity to leave his mark on South African football.

“I want to prove something in South Africa.” Saintfiet told Voice. “Under my guidance the Free State Stars were never in the relegation zone, it was Kinnah Phiri who dropped them into the danger-zone after I left.

“Stats show that in the last five years I was among the best Free State Stars coaches, so yes, I’m interested in the Celtic job.”

Saintfiet has confirmed that through the agent Ben Kokela that he has applied for the job at Siwelele Park.

The 43-year-old mentor has loads of international experience and has been at the helms of Qatar, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, and Togo and is currently the national coach of Bangladesh.

Under the guidance of Saintfiet, Moeketsi Sekola became a striker who found the back of the net more often than not and this saw him earn a call-up to Bafana Bafana. He was also the man responsible for introducing the sensation, Andrea Fileccia, to South Africa.

Robert Sankara and Atusaye Nyando both played under Saintfiet. Sankaro at Ea Lla Koto and Nyando while he was the coach of Malawi. Both are currently plying their trade at Celtic. – MORGAN PIEK