Tignyemb set for Celtic milestone
Posted: 30 June 2017 Time: 09:58
Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb is relishing the prospect of competing in his 10th Premier Soccer League season with the club.
Tignyemb joined Celtic ahead of the 2008/09 season and has stuck with the Free State-based outfit since then, rising to become the longest serving player in the current squad.
Currently with 261 starts to his name, Tignyemb is within sight of also breaking the club record of most starts (306), which is held by retired midfielder Willem Vries.
“It gives me pride to know there are people who take notice of this fact,” he tells KickOff.com. “I know that people tend to celebrate less important things than a player who comes from another country and is then able to stay with one club this long.
"Remember, as a keeper, it is not easy to stay at one club for this long and so for me to have been able to go into my 10th season with one club means there is something that I am doing right.
"To play for 10 years is no fluke and the fact that I am now the captain shows that I am recognised and appreciated for my input. I don’t think there are many players, especially keepers, who come from another country and stay on at one club this long.
"Some people might choose to downplay such an achievement by a player but I find reason to celebrate this,” says Tignyemb, adding that he still sees no reason to move on to another club.
“I have another season remaining on my contract and when it expires I will still give the club [Celtic] first option. For me, I will only leave when the club decides they no longer need my services because I see no reason to start afresh elsewhere.
"Bloemfontein is home for me because all my kids were born here and this is the place that they call home,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Celtic are already into their second week of pre-season following a dismal display in the 2016/17 campaign that almost saw them relegated from the Absa Premiership.
“We didn’t do well last season and so the fact that we have started this early means we obviously want to do far much better than we did last season,” he notes.