PSL

Siphelele Luthuli: 'I want to win the Midfielder of the Season award'

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Siphelele Luthuli.
Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Siphelele Luthuli.

Siphelele Luthuli says his dream is to win the Midfielder of the Season award with Bloemfontein Celtic.

The 26-year-old thought his dream of top-flight football in South Africa was over when he was relegated with the University of Pretoria in 2015.

He has since played for Highlands Park and Ubuntu Cape Town, but is enjoying the current campaign, where he has made 14 Premiership appearances, as well as four in the MTN8 as Celtic made it to the final, alongside one game in the Nedbank Cup.

Luthuli told the Sowetan: "As you know I made my top flight debut at AmaTuks in 2015 and after that we were relegated. I got lost in the system. I had good seasons in the first division but not even a single Premiership team noticed that...my dream was always to return to the Premiership.

"When seasons went by in the second-tier I started to despair, telling myself I will play in the NFD until I retire. It wasn't easy…I heard there were open trials at Celtic and I went there. I scored a lot of goals and racked up a few assists, that’s how they selected me. It's still the proudest moment of my life."

Luthuli, who scored six goals and created a further two last season, added: "I want to win the Midfielder of the Season [award]. That has been my dream from the start of the season. I know I must do more and I have challenged myself to work harder going forward."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Tue 02 Mar 21 15:00 PM (SAST)
Stellenbosch
Mamelodi Sundowns
Danie Craven Stadium
Tue 02 Mar 21 15:00 PM (SAST)
Tshakhuma FC
Kaizer Chiefs
Thohoyandou Stadium
Tue 02 Mar 21 17:00 PM (SAST)
Maritzburg United
Black Leopards
Harry Gwala Stadium
Results
Wed 24 Feb 21
SuperSport United 1
Orlando Pirates 1
Wed 24 Feb 21
TS Galaxy 1
Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Tue 23 Feb 21
Golden Arrows 1
Black Leopards 2
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
16
10
36
2. SuperSport United
18
9
33
3. Swallows
16
7
30
4. Orlando Pirates
18
7
29