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Bloemfontein Celtic F.C.

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Bloemfontein Celtic is a South African football club based in Bloemfontein that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

Bloemfontein Celtic
Bloemfontein Celtic FC logo.svg
Full nameBloemfontein Celtic Football Club
Nickname(s)Phunya Sele Sele, Siwelele
Founded1969; 50 years ago (1969), as Mangaung United
GroundDr. Petrus Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein
ChairmanMax Tshabalala
CoachLesotho Lehlohonolo Seema
LeagueABSA Premiership
2018–19ABSA Premiership, 9th

Bloemfontein Celtic has a large fan base in the Free State. Its supporters are known as Siwelele.


The club was founded by Norman Mathobisa and Victor Mahatane in 1969. Mahatane and Mathobisa administered the club until the early 1980s when financial challenges forced them to sell the club to Petrus "Whitehead" Molemela.[1] In November 2001, after the relegation of Phunya Sele Sele, Molemela sold his shares in the club to Demetri "Jimmy" Augousti, a former Celtic player.

After only three years out of the top-flight, the club regained its PSL status with an impressive season in 2003–04 when they were crowned First Division champions. They also managed to win the 2005 SAA Supa 8 and the 2007 Telkom Charity Cup.

In 2009 they formed a partnership with Portuguese club Sporting CP, that included the creation of a youth academy, based in the capital of the Free State.[2]

Max Tshabalala, who also owns Roses United, took over from Jimmy Augousti on 21 July 2014.[3]


  • Mainstay Cup: 1985
  • SAA Sup 8 Cup: 2005
  • Telkom Charity Cup: 2007
  • First Division Inland Stream: 2003–04
  • Telkom Knockout: 2012
  • Charity Showdown: 2014

Club recordsEdit

Premier Soccer League recordEdit

Club officials/Technical teamEdit

  • Chairman:   Max Tshabalala
  • MD:   Rali Ramabodu
  • CEO:   Khumbulani Konco
  • Team manager:   John Maduka
  • Coach:   Lehlohonolo Seema
  • Goalkeeper coach:   Andre Bronkhorst
  • Head of youth development:   Molefi Ntseki
  • Sports Scientist:   Molaoa Pakiso

First team squadEdit

As of 8 October 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Mpusana Tani
3   DF Ronald Pfumbidzai
5   DF Wandisile Letlabika
6   MF Shadrack Kobedi
7   MF Maloisane Ramasimong
8   MF Lantshene Phalane
9   FW Sera Motebang
10   FW Ndumiso Mabena
11   FW Tebogo Potsane
12   MF Neo Maema
13   MF Siphelele Luthuli
14   FW Tumelo Njoti
16   GK Jackson Mabokgwane
17   FW Tshegofatso Mabasa
18   MF Given Mashikinya
19   MF Thabo Nemukondeni
19   DF Sello Matjila
20   MF Ryan De Jongh
21   MF Victor Letsoalo
No. Position Player
22   DF Mbhazima Rikhotso
23   MF Tumiso Mogakwe
24   DF Thato Lingwati
26   MF Sifiso Ngobeni
27   FW Harris Tchilimbou
28   DF Teboho Khasipe
29   MF Tumelo Mangweni
30   FW Rendani Ndou
31   GK Sipho Chaine
32   GK Mondli Mpoto
33   MF Jacky Motshegwa
34   MF Andile Fikizolo
35   MF Lucky Baloyi
36   DF Aviwe Nyamende
38   DF Mzwanele Mahashe
50   MF Menzi Masuku
  FW Kgotso Mofokeng
  MF Vusi Shikweni
  MF Sifiso Myeni

Kit manufacturerEdit


  •   Norman Mathobisa and Victor Mahatanya (1969–1984)
  •   Petros Molemela (1984– November 2001)
  •   Jimmy Augousti (November 2001– 21 July 2014)
  •   Max Tshabalala (21 July 2014–



  1. ^ "Celtic co-founder Mathobisa mourned". The Sowetan.
  2. ^ Bloemfontein Celtic FC (2009). "Academy: New academy to improve Celtic football".
  3. ^ "Max Tshabala Says He Is The New Bloem Celtic Owner".

External linksEdit