‘Celtic not for sale’

2016-03-09 06:00

“BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC is not for sale,” said Celtic chief executive officer, Khumbulani Konco.

Konco said although the club had received several lucrative offers, it would no longer go ahead with the transaction.

The management of the club met with supporters on Sunday (06/03) to defuse tensions after the club chairman, Max Tshabalala, had announced last week that he was selling the club.

Held at the Parks Nova Community Hall in Bochabela, Bloemfontein, disgruntled supporters raised concerns about the management of the club and accused Tshabalala of failing to steer the club in the right direction.

Tshabalala didn’t attend the meeting with supporters after rumours had emerged that he had been receiving threats from unhappy supporters over the selling of the club.

During a media briefing recently Tshabalala told reporters he was forced to sell the club following heavy criticism from supporters.

In the meantime, Bloemfontein Celtic has written a letter to the Free State government to assure them that the club was not going anywhere.

The letter also states that the allegation about the club ownership from the supporters has put the team under pressure.

Celtic supporters have been unhappy for some time and want the management to address their concerns, as it used to be the norm in the old regime under Jimmy Augousti, the former owner.

According to one supporter, who did not want to be identified, top of their grievances is how Tshabalala runs the club.

The supporter said fans were concerned by the alarming rate at which the club was losing top players.

Another supporter said they were not happy about how coach Clinton Larsen had left the club when it was in 6th position, but have since dropped to 12th on the log.

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