Supporters cause scene

2016-02-03 06:00

A GROUP of disgruntled Bloemfontein Celtic supporters caused a scene on Sunday (31/01) during the club’s league fixture against Bidvest Wits at the Dr Rantlai Molemela Stadium (formerly Seisa Ramabodu). Phunya Sele Sele won the match 2-1 after rallying from behind. The hard-fought win was the first for new head coach Serame Letsoaka.

However, the result was unimportant to this group of dissatisfied fans, who were singing disgusting chants, disrupting traffic flow at the south gate of the stadium and calling club chairman Samuel “Max” Tshabalala names. They demanded to meet Tshabalala to get a reply to their questions. Some fans held aloft placards with messages about the cause of their unhappiness and some spiteful messages directed at Tshabalala. Some fans, who did not want to be identified when questioned, alleged that Tshabalala was interfering with the team and accused him of running Celtic like a tuckshop. “We are not happy with what is happening with the club, the team is struggling with their performance. The problem lies with the management and players seem unhappy even though they are promised heaven on earth. We want to know what is happening and Max must come to us, the supporters, to explain what is happening,” said one fan.

Disgruntled fans alleged that the departure of Frank Gabadinho Mhango and former coach Clinton Larsen, who had both recently left Celtic in a huff, was a result of the management style of Tshabalala.

Khumbulani Konco, Celtic chief executive officer, has distanced the club’s management from the unhappy fans who protested at the gate. “If they are our supporters, they know the right channels to follow to air their grievances. Our supporters were inside the stadium, supporting the team during the game,” said Konco.

Disruptions by angry fans began about 20 minutes before the start of the game and continued for about an hour after the match.

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