Celtic target top-four finish

2015-05-20 06:00
A MESSAGE by unhappy Bloemfontein Celtic fans directed at Max Tshabalala.

A MESSAGE by unhappy Bloemfontein Celtic fans directed at Max Tshabalala.

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MAX TSHABALALA, Bloemfontein Celtic chairman, has set the target for a top-four finish in the Premiership League next season.

Phunya Sele Sele finished the latest season on seventh position on the log. For their efforts, they received prize money of R1,1 million from the league.

The Mangaung side will travel to Pretoria to face off with Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN 8 Cup competition in August later this year.

“Top four is the lowest spot we will be targeting next season. If we finish above that, we will be happy.

“We also want to win something next season,” Tshabalala said during the club’s supporters meeting at the Kagiso Comprehensive School Hall in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Tshabalala also confirmed that his club had signed Geoffrey Massa of the University of Pretoria (UP).

The 29-year-old Ugandan striker scored eight goals for Amatuks last season.

“We are happy to have signed Massa. (Kaizer) Chiefs and (Orlando) Pirates also wanted to sign him, but we beat them to his signature,” Tshabalala said.

“Massa is a box striker and I believe he will score a lot of goals for us. We are also negotiating with several players that we want to bring to the club.

“My management team and I are striving to bring quality players to the club. We are not going to sign bench-warmers from other teams.”

He added that the club had released several players such as Mogogi Gabonamong, Joel Mogorosi, Lerato Manzini, Thembalethu Moses and Jacky Motshegwa.

Defender Limbikani Mzava will also not kick a Celtic ball next season as he has signed a pre-contract with Mpumalanga Black Aces.

“All the players have been released from the club, but Mzava already signed a pre-contract with Aces at the start of last season,” he said.

Some Celtic supporters expressed their disaproval with the cancellation of the players awards this season, while others complimented Tshabalala for calling off the ceremony.

“I think Max and his management team do not know what they are doing. Cancelling the players awards was a big mistake. I don’t think our players will perform well next season,” an unhappy fan, who didn’t want his name mentioned for fear of reprisal, told Express before the meeting started.

“The players are probably unhappy because they were not given awards despite the fact that they had finished the season in the top-eight bracket.

“I think next season will be a disaster season for us.

“These players might get the team relegated intentionally.”

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