Bloemfontein Celtic are currently coached by Ernst Middendorp and play their home games at the Free State Stadium and Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Bloemfontein. Founded in 1969 as Mangaung United their name changed to Bloemfontein Celtic when Petros Molemela took over in 1984. Phunya Sele Sele have participated in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) since it’s inception having been relegated only once in the 2000/2001 season.
After three years out of the top flight they were promoted after an impressive 2003/2004 campaign where they ended as champions of the National First Division. Since their formation they have won the the Mainstay Cup in 1985, SAA Supa 8 in 2005, Telkom Charity Cup in 2007 and were crowned Telkom Knockout champions in 2012 after defeating current Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0. In the 2013/2014 season Middendorp’s men finished in sixth position on 43 points recording ten wins, seven losses and thirteen draws. The leading goal scorer was Ghabadinho Mhango with six strikes.
Looking ahead to the new season the men from Bloemfontein have brought in some fresh faces in Tshepo Chaine from Black Urbans on a two-year deal. The 18-year old striker will add to Siwelele’s attacking options alongside Mhango, Joel Mogorosi and Trevor Lamola. At the back they have bolstered their defence with the signing of Bevan Fransman on a two year permanent contract from Supersport United and as part of this deal Lerato Manzini has been loaned to the Tshwane Club.
Other players who have joined the ranks of Celtic are Ruben Cloete from Maritzburg United and Sici Shelembe from NFD side Witbank Spurs. Clayton Daniels is one of the players who has move on from Phunya Sele Sele to Supersport. The men from Bloemfontein will be hoping to keep up the good work by finishing in the top eight again. Celtic’s first assignment of the season will be a MTN8 clash at Bidvest Wits on 1 August in Johannesburg.