Cheetah inspires football outfit

2016-10-05 06:00
MANGAUNG UNITE coaches Benjamin Reed (left) and Ishmael Mokitlane .

MANGAUNG UNITE coaches Benjamin Reed (left) and Ishmael Mokitlane .

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MANGAUNG UNITE, second-tier football outfit, have unveiled a rebranded identity with a symbolic cheetah’s claw.

The logo was unveiled at a function on 17 September in Bloemfontein.

The club and the city have been named after the predatory animal.

Cheetah means Lengau in Sesotho.

Sinki Leshabane, managing director, explained that rebranding to include a cheetah’s claw conforms to the city’s rich heritage and history about the predatory animal.

She said it followed a pledge by enthusiastic followers of the club.

“Realising the influence of the cheetah as part of the heritage of people of this city and also as a symbol of identity, we saw fit to incorporate a cheetah’s image,” she said.

The club adopted the slogan Re Ngapela Ko Pele! meaning “we claw our way up”, corresponding with the cheetah’s elements.

Lashabane admitted that cheetahs have distinctive qualities.

According to historians, the city was a happy hunting ground for cheetahs, hence the city was named Mangaung, meaning “a place of cheetahs”.

Those in the know explained that cheetahs would lie in wait for their prey on the peak of Naval Hill. By being at the peak of the hill, the cheetahs were able to see their prey from a distance when going to drink water at the fountain, believed to be located at the present Hoffman Square, and there the predatory animal would ambush their prey.

Finishing as the runner-up in the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League in 2015-’16, Leshabane believes this gives them a good chance to achieve their ultimate goal this term.

“Our target this season is to qualify for the national promotional play-offs and gaining promotion to the National First Division,” she said.

Leshabane said they look beyond last season’s disappointment of not qualifying for the promotion play-offs which saw the Free State winner Manco Milan failing dismally.

“We plan to work together, club management, supporters and parents of the players enlisted, to achieve our goal.”

The club has enlisted two Bloemfontein Celtic legends, Benjamin Reed and Ishmael “Litre” Mokitlane, to guide the team to the ideal destination.

The pair were part of Celtic 1985 Mainstay Cup winning team, with Mokitlane scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Durban African Wanderers in the final.

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