Max must go, say Celtic fans

2016-02-24 06:00
UNDER PRESSURE: Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala.      Photo: Sidwell Guduka

UNDER PRESSURE: Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THERE was complete pandemonium at the end of Bloemfontein Celtic’s 1-0 defeat in the hands of Maritzburg United on Sunday (21/02).

The whole Celtic team had to be driven to safety in a police riot vehicle (Nyala) by heavily armed police, approximately two hours after the match had ended – as angry fans had blocked all the exits at the stadium.

The loss at the revamped Dr Rantlai Molemela Stadium, where Siwelele have only registered one victory out of six matches played there since October last year, was the club’s second in succession after a 1-0 defeat by Chippa United a week before.

Following the defeat by Maritzburg, who had recorded a single win in 18 games before Sunday’s match, the annoyed fans waited for the team at the main entrance demanding that chairman Max Tshabalala, together with assistant coach Duncan Lechesa, must leave the club with immediate effect.

The loss left Phunya Sele Sele struggling in 13th position on the log with 22 points, one point better than Polokwane City who are breathing down their neck on 14th position, after 20 matches.

Celtic supporters blamed Tshabalala for his lack of management skills and chanted “Max must go”.

None of the club’s management bothered to address the angry stakeholders and they began to throw stones towards the club’s bus. “Max must please leave us now. He has failed us as supporters. He does not recognise us. Ntate Petrus Molemela must take over the running of the club again,” said an angry fan.

“We want to make our intentions clear by breaking the club’s bus. If Max doesn’t leave the club, we’ll boycott all our matches,” he said.

Another angry fan said: “Max must go. That man is destroying our club, instead of building it. He has let go of our good players and failed to replace them with quality players.”

Some of the supporters claimed that Tshabalala was not the real owner of Celtic, but the former Roses United chairmain insists that he bought the club.

“Celtic is my team. I paid my own money to buy it. If anybody wants to challenge that, let them go to court,” commented Tshabalala on Metro FM on Monday.

Celtic will travel to Soweto for a date with Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The match starts at 20:15.

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