Bloemfontein Celtic F.C.

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Bloemfontein Celtic
Bloemfontein Celtic FC logo.svg
Full nameBloemfontein Celtic Football Club
Nickname(s)Phunya Sele Sele, Siwelele
Founded1969; 49 years ago (1969), as Mangaung United
GroundDr. Petrus Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein
ChairmanSinki Leshabane Moeketsi Mosola
CoachSteve Komphela
LeagueABSA Premiership
2016–17ABSA Premiership, 11th
Current season

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

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 records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

  • Chairman: South Africa Sinki Leshabane
  • MD: South Africa Rali Ramabodu
  • CEO: South Africa Khumbulani Konco
  • Team manager: Malawi John Maduka
  • Coach: South Africa Steve Komphela
  • Assistant coach: Lesotho Lehlohonolo Seema
  • Goalkeeper coach: South Africa Andre Bronkhorst
  • Head of youth development: South Africa Molefi Ntseki
  • Sports Scientist: South Africa Molaoa Pakiso

First team squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2018

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

No. Position Player
2 South Africa DF Tlou Molekwane
3 Zimbabwe DF Ronald Pfumbidzai
4 South Africa FW Kabelo Dlamini
5 South Africa DF Wandisile Letlabika
8 South Africa MF Lantshene Phalane
9 South Africa FW Rendani Ndou
10 South Africa FW Ndumiso Mabena
11 South Africa FW Tebogo Potsane
12 South Africa MF Neo Maema
13 South Africa FW Victor Letsoalo
17 South Africa FW Tshegofatso Mabaso
18 South Africa MF Given Mashikinya
19 South Africa MF Thabo Nemukondeni
19 South Africa DF Bongani Sam
20 South Africa MF Ryan De Jongh
21 Kenya MF Ali Abondo
22 South Africa DF Mbhazima Rikhotso
23 South Africa MF Vusi Shikweni
25 South Africa DF Lorenzo Gordinho
26 South Africa DF Aphiwe Lubisi
No. Position Player
28 South Africa DF Teboho Khasipe
30 Cameroon GK Patrick Tignyemb (captain)
31 South Africa GK Sipho Chaine
32 South Africa GK Ayanda Mtshali
33 South Africa MF Jacky Motshegwa
34 Botswana GK Kabelo Dambe
35 South Africa MF Lucky Baloyi
45 South Africa FW Roggert Nyundu
50 South Africa MF Menzi Masuku
Malawi FW Atusaye Nyondo
South Africa FW Sipho Jembula
South Africa DF Thato Lingwati
South Africa DF Matshego Nyapoli
South Africa DF Keabetswe Mabe
South Africa MF Shadrack Kobedi
South Africa MF Mduduzi Nkosi
South Africa DF Mpusana Tani
South Africa MF Maloisane Ramasimong
South Africa DF Langa Mvana

kit manufacturer[edit]


  • Union of South Africa Norman Mathobisa and Victor Mahatanya (1969–1984)
  • Union of South Africa Petros Molemela (1984– November 2001)
  • South Africa Jimmy Augousti (November 2001– 21 July 2014)
  • South Africa 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".

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