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Bloemfontein Celtic

Bloemfontein Celtic
Full name Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club
Nickname(s) Phunya Sele Sele, Siwelele
Founded 1969, as Mangaung United
Ground Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, Bloemfontein
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Jimmy Augousti
Coach Germany Ernst Middendorp
League ABSA Premiership
2012–13 ABSA Premiership, 5th
Home colours
Away colours

Bloemfontein Celtic is a South African football (soccer) club based in Bloemfontein that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

Bloemfontein Celtic has a large fan base in the Free State. Siwelele, as Celtic's supporters are known, are arguably the most passionate in South Africa.


The club was founded in 1969 as Mangaung United FC. In 1984 businessman Petros Molemela took over the club and changed the name to Bloemfontein Celtic (after Celtic F.C.). In November 2001, after the relegation of Phunya Sele Sele, Molemela sold his shares in the club to Demetri "Jimmy" Augousti, a former Celtic player.

After only three years out of the top-flight, the club regained its PSL status with an impressive season in 2003-04 when they were crowned First Division champions. They also managed to win the 2005 SAA Supa 8 and the 2007 Telkom Charity Cup.

In 2009 they formed a partnership with Portuguese club Sporting CP, that included the creation of a youth academy, based in the capital of the Free State.[1]


  • Mainstay Cup: 1985
  • SAA Sup 8 Cup: 2005
  • Telkom Charity Cup: 2007
  • First Division Inland Stream: 2003-04
  • Telkom Knockout: 2012

Club records

  • Most starts: South Africa Willem Vries 306
  • Most goals: South Africa Benjamin Reed 75
  • Most capped player: Lesotho Lehlohonolo Seema
  • Most starts in a season: South Africa Jeffrey Lekgetla 39 (1992)
  • Most goals in a season: South Africa Troy Saila 20 (1987)
  • Record victory: 8–1 vs Dinonyana Celtic (15/3/98, Bob Save Super Bowl)
  • Record defeat: 0–6 vs Kaizer Chiefs (29/3/91, NSL)

Premier Soccer League record

Club officials/Technical team

2013–14 First team squad

As of 5 September 2013

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 South Africa DF Thabo Nthethe (Captain)
3 Malawi DF Limbikani Mzava
4 South Africa DF Tsietsi Mahoa
5 South Africa DF Wandisile Letlabika
6 South Africa MF Keagan Buchanan
7 South Africa MF Lyle Lakay
8 Ghana MF John Arwuah
9 Malawi FW Gabadinho Mhango
10 South Africa MF Musa Nyatama (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
11 South Africa MF Wayde Jooste
12 South Africa MF Jabulani Ncubeni
13 South Africa DF Johannes Motlhaping
14 South Africa FW Lerato Lamola
15 South Africa MF Vuyani Ntanga
16 South Africa DF Banele Ndlovu
No. Position Player
17 Botswana MF Joel Mogorosi
18 South Africa MF Itumeleng Duiker
19 South Africa DF Tumelo Mogapi
20 South Africa DF Clayton Daniels
21 Zimbabwe FW Rodreck Mutuma
22 South Africa MF Tladi Majake
23 South Africa MF Ruzaigh Gamildien
24 South Africa DF Auguston Leonard
25 South Africa MF Lerato Manzini
29 South Africa GK Thembalethu Moses
30 Cameroon GK Patrick Tignyemb
31 South Africa GK Bongani Mpandle
34 South Africa GK Thato Haraba
45 South Africa FW Letsie Koapeng (on loan from Bidvest Wits)

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
South Africa GK Dino Visser (at Black Leopards until 30 June 2014)


In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals. Namibians born before 1990 can be registered as South Africans.

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer

  • Shirt sponsor: MTN
  • Kit manufacturer: Reebok

Notable former coaches


External links

  • Premier Soccer League
  • PSL Club Info
  • South African Football Association
  • Confederation of African Football

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