Disgruntled Bloemfontein Celtic supporters have vowed to intensify their boycott of the club’s home games in Bloemfontein until their demands are heeded. They want management to account for the instability in the cash-strapped PSL club.
A leaked resignation letter of former coach Steve “Koloi” Komphela has painted a bleak picture of plummeting ethical standards and professionalism in the troubled club. The boycott of the home games is expected to start with Sunday afternoon’s ABSA Premiership encounter against Lamontville Golden Arrows, in which Komphela would be making his return to Bloemfontein since his acrimonious departure in December.
Celtic’s supporter’s chairperson Mabena Pule says they will protest outside the Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium this afternoon.
“It depends on the reaction of the management. What we are asking for is an audience from the management to say what really happened in this team. The coach has left. There is a letter that was meant for the CEO, but is all over in the public eye. Players did not get their bonuses – they were striking when the season started and they were threatening to strike before the Cape Town City game,” explains Pule.
Meanwhile, Celtic Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Khumbulani Konco says they are not aware of the planned boycott of the games by Siwelele, as Celtic supporters are called.
“The promotion of the game is going according to plan. The ticket sales are available at our selling points and there are people that are buying tickets as we speak. If there’s other possible boycott and stuff – we’ve not been informed officially so. We’ll have to deal with it until then,” says Konco.