The Premier Soccer League, Bloemfontein Celtic, was rocked on Monday with the news that the head coach, Lehlohonolo Seema, had tendered his resignation and would be leaving the club with immediate effect.
There were murmurings that Seema would be heading to Port Elizabeth to take charge of Chippa United, who are notorious for changing coaches at very regular intervals. It was even suggested that Seema’s assistant coach, John Maduka, would be heading to the Friendly City with him.
The news was indeed confirmed a few short hours later, however, only Seema would be heading to the Chilli Boys, and this was also confirmed by the club.
Celtic were very proactive in immediately appointing Maduka as the new head coach of Phunya Sele Sele. The pair had been in charge of Celtic since December 2018 when the former Bafana Bafana captain, Steve Komphela, announced his shock resignation from the club.
What made the news of Seema’s exit very surprising, was that he jumped ship after leading Celtic to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals. Having said that, Bloemfontein Courant was informed that Seema hadn’t received a salary for quite some time, and this does put things into perspective.
Speaking to Bloemfontein Courant following is departure, Seema said that he has the utmost confidence in Maduka as the head coach, and seeing Celtic win the Nedbank Cup when it gets underway again, will make him very happy.
“It is a little bit emotional for me to see myself leaving Bloemfontein Celtic.
“I believe you have to accept new challenges in order for you to grow. However, I know that I am leaving the team in the good and capable hands of coach John Maduka and Simon Gopane.
“I want to thank the management of Bloemfontein Celtic for giving me the opportunity, and one thing that I can say is that I am not leaving in bad blood. I am always going to be there if there is any help needed for the team to run smoothly again.
“To the supporters, I want to thank you for supporting the team and supporting us as a young technical team.
“To the team, I wish you all of the best and hope you can go all the way and lift that trophy. That will make me very happy.
“I had one decision to make, and I took it. Hopefully, we can have good results here at Chippa.”
As players, Seema and Maduka were both legendary former captains of Celtic, and both donned the famous green-and-white jersey in more than a hundred games each. – MORGAN PIEK