- In addition to unveiling their new kit to celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary, Siwelele also announced their new crop of players ahead of new season.
Bloemfontein Celtic yesterday unveiled 10 new players ahead of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season, as well as the fresh jerseys that they will don in the upcoming campaign.
Celtic are in the process of finalising their squad ahead of their opening game against Orlando Pirates next weekend, and have had to bring in a number of new faces – including a former Buccaneer – after losing several players over the last couple of months.
The club unveiled Siphelele Luthuli, Sello Matjila, Tumiso Mogakwe, Motebang Sera, Tumelo Njoti, Mondli Mpoto, Andile Fikizolo, Jackson Mabokgwane, Aviwe Nyamende, and Harris Tchilimbou, for the new season.
Along with their new signings, Celtic also revealed their new home and away shirts for 2019/20, as well as the two goalkeeper strips that their shot-stoppers will be wearing over the next 10 months.
A special badge has been included on the shirts to celebrate 50 years of Siwelele’s existence.
Reflecting on the new crop of players, head coach Lehlohonolo Seema expressed satisfaction, saying: “We are indeed on the right track. This is what we wanted as a team and we are happy that we were able to draw the necessary quality ahead of what promises to be a tough season.”
Assistant coach John Maduka, dispelled the notion of the Celtic building from ground-up, saying: “It’s incorrect to view things in that way because when you look at it, we still have 90% of the team from the previous season. Therefore any suggestions that we are building from the ground is incorrect. What you see before you is reinforcement and am happy that we were able to get the services of such young, hungry, talented players willingness to grow in this game.”
The club also ended months of speculation as to who would captain them ahead of the new season which starts in a week’s time.
At a media briefing at Tsogo Sun Hotel yesterday, the club unveiled three captains as oppose to one. Leading the pack is Ndumiso Mabena, who renewed his contract last week with the club. He will serve together with Wandisile Letlabika and Lucky Baloi. Reflecting on the unfamiliar decision, Seema said, “All three have the capacity to lead and have all done so, either directly or indirectly.”
Seema noted the decision to have the three players leading was a collective decision reached by himself, Malawian international John Maduka and goalkeeper coach Simo Gopane.
“They have the necessary attitude and leadership skills to carry the team,” Maduka added.
Reflecting on the previous season, Celtic Managing Director Rali Ramabodu expressed delight with the new players and new season ahead.
Ramabodu conceded a tough previous season which is well documented in the media, saying: “We’ve been through a tough time in the past but regardless of what circumstances, we still kept our heads up high on the playfield and delivered the goods. We are certain that we will continue where we left off last season. Hard-work and determination continue to be the order of the day for us as a team,” he cited.