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 Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein
Ground Capacity 22,000
Chairman Max Tshabalala
Coach Serame Letsoaka
League ABSA Premiership
2015–16 ABSA Premiership, 11th

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. 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. 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 29 July 2016.

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

No. Position Player
3 South Africa DF Mthokozisi Dube
4 South Africa MF Musa Nyatama
5 South Africa DF Wandisile Letlabika
6 South Africa MF Mpho Maruping
7 South Africa MF Lyle Lakay
8 South Africa MF Lantshene Phalane
9 Malawi FW Atusaye Nyondo
10 South Africa MF Dumisani Zuma
11 Namibia MF Deon Hotto
12 South Africa MF Kabelo Mahlasela
14 Burundi FW Fiston Abdul Razak
15 South Africa MF Khetowakhe Masuku
18 South Africa FW Vuyisile Wana
No. Position Player
19 South Africa DF Sibusiso Mxoyana
21 Burkina Faso DF Robert Sankara
22 South Africa DF Mbhazima Rikhotso
23 South Africa MF Vusi Shikweni
25 South Africa DF Cheslyn Jampies
26 South Africa FW Ayanda Dlamini
27 South Africa DF Alfred Ndengane
28 South Africa FW Moeketsi Mvula
30 Cameroon GK Patrick Tignyemb
32 South Africa GK Ayanda Mtshali
34 South Africa MF Paulos Kgadi
44 South Africa MF Shane April

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


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.

permanent residency

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: MTN
  • Kit manufacturer: Kappa




External links[edit]