Patrick Tignyem reflects on Bloemfontein Celtic's poor 2016/17 season
Posted: 8 June 2017 Time: 11:03
Bloemfontein Celtic captain Patrick Tignyemb has reflected on their horrendous 2016/17 season as he highlights areas of improvement ahead of the new season.
Celtic survived relegation by two just two points in what was their worst season in eight years, since finishing 14th back in the 2008/09 season.
Tignyemb admits it was a season to forget for Phunya Sele Sele, as they narrowly escaped the drop on the final day of the season, but defends the players' efforts throughout their struggles.
"I am still recovering from the trauma caused by a string of poor results. We constantly tried to win using various strategies and were duly supported by management but for some mysterious reason, we continued to lose valuable points," Tignyemb told his club's website.
"To be honest, contrary to what people were saying, we played our hearts out. We worked tirelessly, especially during the second stanza of the season when we woke up to the fact that the ship was sinking. Thank God, we avoided the axe and are still in the PSL."
Asked what is need to ensure they do not fall into the relegation trap again next season, the Cameroonian shotstopper urged the club to bring in more experienced frontmen and emphasised the importance of winning home games.
"To win games from the start, especially at home. Our fortress must be utilized applicably. Perhaps adding more experienced strikers will help also, we had a solid back four, protecting me incredibly well but scoring goals was our major downfall. I am personally thrilled to have had 12 clean sheets and that is because our defence was phenomenal," he added.
In closing, Tignyemb, who has completed over a decade at the Free State-based outfit, thanked the club's supporters for sticking by the team through trying times.
"Obviously by thanking the management for bringing good players and subsequently apologize as a captain for such pathetic displays this past season. Since I joined this team, our supporters have been amazing and winning games for them must be our priority next season. We must return early and prepare correctly, keeping in mind we owe our supporters big time. Every player must make sure we repay the supporters by firstly respecting the badge and lastly winning something for this magnificent bunch of fans," he concluded.
Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that their players will return on June 22 to commence preparations for the 2017/18 PSL season.