If the electrifying atmosphere at Paradise Hall in Bloemfontein on Sunday is anything to go by, Bloemfontein Celtic will play in front of capacity crowds next season.
Hundreds of club’s supporters who were present at the unveiling of new jersey and players at the same venue have vowed to attend every Celtic home match in their numbers. They expressed their happiness about the jersey the team had launched for 2012/13 season, and they praised Chairman Jimmy Augousti, his management team and technical staff for bringing in quality players on board. Siwelele, as Celtic supporters are affectionately known, said they were confident the current crop of players will win them trophies.
“Everything that you suggested to the club didn’t fall on deaf ears. None of the unveiled players is here on a loan deal. They are all our own players. We are still going to announce two more acquisitions either this week or next week. We want to beef up all the departments,” Sello Nduna, Celtic PRO, told the supporters.
“As Bloemfontein Celtic management we didn’t rest during the off-season while other clubs were enjoying the break. We sat around the table and strategised for next season. We are determined to contest for everything on offer when the PSL season starts. We feel that we have been letting down our fans for not winning something for them. Judging by the kind of support they give the club, we believe that they deserve more than a top 8 finish at the end of the season. We want to put a smile on their faces by winning a silverware,” Nduna said.
“Our supporters have sacrificed a lot for the club in the past and they continue to do so. They spend their hard-earned money to follow the club wherever it play, not only in Bloemfontein or Botshabelo; but throughout the country. However, they don’t get good returns in terms of winning trophies for them. We want to reward them for their unconditional support and loyalty,” he added.
Meanwhile, the 4-Team tournament that will be played at the Botshabelo Stadium has been re-scheduled for Saturday. The teams that will be taking part are Celtic, Free State Stars, Roses United and Blackburn Rovers.
The first match on the day will see Celtic take on National First Division’s Rovers at 10:00, while Stars will face Roses at 12:00. The winners will battle it out in the final at 16:00.
Tickets for the tournament are available at R40 (adults) and R20 (juveniles).