Beloved goalkeeper leaves Celtic

2019-06-19 06:01
Patrick Tignyemb will leave Bloemfontein Celtic, the team he served over a decade. Photo: Teboho Setena

Patrick Tignyemb will leave Bloemfontein Celtic, the team he served over a decade. Photo: Teboho Setena

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What started out as a fairytale for Bloemfontein Celtic and its goalkeeper, Patrick Tignyemb, ended on a dramatic note.

In a video posted on social media, the player announced that his time with Phunya Sele Sele has ended, and that he has signed with Chippa United, a Premier Soccer League side.

Tignyemb (34) broke the news on Monday (17/06), ending his 11 year spell with Celtic having joined the outfit in 2008.

During his time at the club, he was awarded with various individual acknow­ledgements whose diehard supporters hold so dear for his loyal service.

Tignyemb’s departure comes barely a month after a fallout with the management of the trouble-ridden Celtic.

The disagreement came after Tignyemb, who served as captain, demanded that the club pay the players their outstanding bonuses.

Subsequently, Khumbulani Konco, Celtic’s chief executive officer, revealed that the goalkeeper was released from his contract “because of an abusive rant he had at club officials.”

Although there were reports that the club accused him of being an instigator in the protest, the club also announced that their diffe­rences had been sorted out.

by staff and players over unpaid monies. However, there was a twist with the club announcing that they smoked peace pipe with the keeper and difference had been sorted out. However, Tignyemb, however, denied any talk of peace-making and confirmed that he has filed a case of breach of contract against Celtic with the South African Football Players Union.

The union has insisted that the player has a strong case against Phunya Sele Sele.

It is understood that the relationship between Tignyemb and the club reached an irretrievable breakdown, leading to his decision to part ways.

The Cameroonian shot-stopper has joined the Port Elizabeth-based Chippa United, reuniting with former coach Clinton Larsen.

An emotional Tignyemb announced his departure on video, saying: “I am not going to be part of Celtic next season. I have signed for Chippa United. I want the Celtic fans to release me from their hearts. I want their blessings to do my job properly at my next club.

“I belong to Bloemfontein, I am from Bloemfontein. Just allow me to go.”

The length of his contract with the Chilli Boys is still unclear.

The keeper still has one year remaining on his contract with Phunya Sele Sele, which is understood to be the basis of the case against Celtic for a breach of contract.

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