Bloemfontein Celtic F.C.

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Bloemfontein Celtic
Full name Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club
Nickname(s) Phunya Sele Sele, Siwelele
Founded 1969, as Mangaung United
Ground Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Ground Capacity 48,000
Chairman Max Tshabalala
Coach Germany Ernst Middendorp
League ABSA Premiership
2013–14 ABSA Premiership, 6th

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

Bloemfontein Celtic has a large fan base in the Free State. Siwelele, as Celtic's supporters are known, are arguably the most passionate in South Africa.


The club was founded by the late Norman Mathobisa and Victor Mahatanya in 1969 as Mangaung United. Mahatanya and Mathobisa administered the club until the early 1980s when financial challenges forced them to sell the club to Petrus "Whitehead" Molemela.[1] In 1984, Molemela took over the club and changed the name to Bloemfontein Celtic (after Celtic F.C.). 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 records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 10 April 2014

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

No. Position Player
3 Malawi DF Limbikani Mzava
4 South Africa DF Wandisile Letlabika
6 South Africa MF Keagan Buchanan
7 South Africa MF Lyle Lakay
8 Ghana MF John Arwuah
10 South Africa MF Musa Nyatama (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
11 South Africa MF Wayde Jooste
13 South Africa DF Johannes Motlhaping
14 South Africa FW Lerato Lamola
15 South Africa MF Vuyani Ntanga
16 South Africa DF Banele Ndlovu
17 Botswana MF Joel Mogorosi (Team Captain)
No. Position Player
19 South Africa DF Tumelo Mogapi
20 South Africa DF Clayton Daniels
22 South Africa MF Tladi Majake
23 South Africa MF Ruzaigh Gamildien
24 South Africa DF Auguston Leonard
25 South Africa MF Lerato Manzini
28 South Africa FW Thapelo Morena
29 South Africa GK Thembalethu Moses
30 Cameroon GK Patrick Tignyemb
31 South Africa GK Bongani Mpandle
34 South Africa GK Thato Haraba
42 Malawi FW Gabadinho Mhango

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
South Africa GK Dino Visser (at Black Leopards until 30 June 2014)


In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals. Namibians born before 1990 can be registered as South Africans.

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: MTN
  • Kit manufacturer: Kappa




External links[edit]