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Bloemfontein Celtic chairman Jimmy Augousti says Gauteng clubs promised Erick Mathoho a big salary

Posted: 19 July 2012 Time: 16:28

Bloemfontein Celtic chairman Jimmy Augousti says his club did not want to sell Erick Mathoho, but that "Gauteng clubs filled his head with 'cellphone numbers'."

Augousti says on Celtic's official website that Phunya Sele Sele are serious about contesting for honours this season, and wanted to build the team round Mathoho.

"We seriously need to contest for a top four position and win a knockout competition in the new season," Augousti tells the club's website.

"We never really wanted to sell Mathoho until we received a written transfer request from his agent Tim Sukazi, which stated that the player would like to leave the club to join Kaizer Chiefs.

"We unearthed Mathoho and it was sad for us to say goodbye to him. We wanted to build the team around him. Unfortunately the Gauteng clubs filled up his head with 'cellphone numbers' in terms of money and he wanted nothing but to leave the club.

"When a player gives you a written transfer request saying that I want to go to Chiefs that really tells you that the player doesn't want to be in the team anymore."

Augousti insists, however that it is "not Celtic's policy" to stand in a players way, and wishes him all the best at Chiefs.

"We can't risk keeping a player whose mind and heart is no longer with the club, and he is just going through emotions. We would rather work with committed, hungry players who want to achieve success and take the club somewhere.

"We will find a replacement for Mathoho soon. Having said all that, we would like to wish Mathoho everything of the best with his career endeavours."

Turning to the new season, Augousti says Celtic have a tough first match against Orlando Pirates, a team full of "quality" in every department.

Celtic take on Pirates, provisionally, in the MTN8 at the beginning of August.

"However, it will be 11 against 11 on the day. I think with the team that we have assembled we are going to give Pirates a good run for their money," Augousti says.

"It will be important for us to get off our new campaign to a winning start. We want to improve from last season. We want the team to give the supporters something to cheer about by winning a trophy. We also want to bring back people to the stadium by playing entertaining football."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:39 pm
MulomowaChimpanzee Mathoho! Wait till Segolela gives u a merry go round come derby days my boy, u will go back to Venda.
posted: 05:40 pm
What did you do to the website???
sabe todo
posted: 05:41 pm
what te hek?
posted: 05:42 pm
But Mr Editor we cant view other peoples comments! Can u pls fix that???
posted: 05:46 pm
And pls we dont want our names appearing! cant u simply publish our usernames like u used to?
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 05:48 pm
Eish mara wena DickOff!!!! Yeses!!!! One minute your site has one look, the next BOOM, it's changed! And without any offical "warning."
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 05:50 pm
And why is my surname appearing on this site now? I don't want gay Gayzer Chimps faithfools following me around.

Fix it DickOff and Editor in Chief...
posted: 05:54 pm
gud luck Mr Mathoho c u on the field.
posted: 06:08 pm
posted: 06:10 pm
Goodluck Mathoho
posted: 06:29 pm
Ha ha ha they will be no more abuse on this side, name and surname displaced. Viva kickoff
Vusie-the GLAMOURboy
posted: 06:44 pm
posted: 06:45 pm
The chiefs jersey was made especially for you boy i want you to show the haters what cows do in the field of play..i know that madala benny will end up punching you in a face for marking him so tide alongside gould .Hade to Celtic but i know Isaacs and Lawler alongside Nthete will do the jod hela yalo boss masokolara aruna!!!!
Vusie-the GLAMOURboy
posted: 06:48 pm
Well done Mathoho for choosing Chiefs n thank you Celtic for allowing a player 2 follow his heart.
M.J. Nzwakele
posted: 07:00 pm
"When a player gives you a written transfer request saying that I want to go to Chiefs that really tells you that the player doesn't want to be in the team anymore."
I wish some club bosses from "Funnyclowns" take a leaf from Jimmy Augosti. If a player mentions a certain team as a preferred choice & you come with some moolah to change his decisions - know that the player concerned is coming to join the team to play for money only. This will be realized when he is not playing losing money on bonus incentives then there will be discontent, factions & politics within the team.Main reason being the player is not there for the badge- doing what he loves. It is like making love to a lady you simple don't love or care about; meanwhile thinking about another woman you real love.

I agree money will make anyone join you but if the heart is not there then that marriage is doomed from the start. Shappa - Thel' induku.
posted: 07:02 pm
thanx k.o for a job welldone. maybe we will rest bo tzozo
posted: 07:44 pm
Oops this is new Kickoff!
posted: 07:50 pm
A re boneng...
posted: 07:51 pm
Its a gud thing
posted: 07:52 pm
Ai voetshek maan! Hao!! What is this????
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