Patrick Tignyemb, Wandisile Letlabika and Lantshene Phalane commit to Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 20 October 2017 Time: 10:11
Bloemfontein Celtic have extended the contracts of long-serving goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, defender Wandisile Letlabika and midfielder Lantshene Phalane.
Tignyemb's new deal will expire in 2021, Letlabika's in 2019 and Phalane's in 2020.
Phunya Sele Sele are also in talks with midfielder Alfred Ndengane to lengthen his contract, which runs until 2019.
Celtic MD Rali Ramabodu told the club's website: “The seriousness shown by these players together with their representatives into committing to the team is commendable.
“Our vision is to ultimately compete with the best and winning trophies must be a prerequisite. However, achieving all this needs a solid, experienced and magnificently blended squad, hence the extensions given to the respective players. The team must have its own players to rely on, rather than loaning from other teams.
“We are extremely delighted to see senior experienced players committing in long-term contracts which shows that we are moving in the right direction. We have learned our lesson, hence we are negotiating with players while still having contracts with them.”
He added: “By virtue of signing lengthy contracts, these players are securing their own future and that serves both parties right. Eventually, the brand will grow bigger and supporters will support the players that have commitment towards their own team. Our main aim is to reward supporters for their authentic way of supporting the team.”
Tignyemb will celebrate 10 years as a Celtic player next year having joined the club in 2008. He has made over 200 appearances for the club.