Former Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb has bid farewell to the Phunya Sele Sele with an emotional message to the club’s supporters.
The Cameroonian shot stopper has signed a two-year deal with Chippa United, despite recently saying there was a possibility of him returning to Celtic for pre-season. Tignyemb’s contract was terminated before the end of the past season due to a fall out with management, but they offered him a chance to return to the club.
The 34 year-old, however, will not be in the colours of Celtic and will reunite with Clinton Larsen at Chippa, a coach he worked with at Celtic.
Tignyemb joined Celtic in 2008 and became a big part of the Phunya Sele Sele family. He was adored by the supporters for his fighting spirit and the passion he always showed on the field of play. He was a leader for the side and was not afraid to speak his mind, both in the media and to management.
In a teary video posted on Facebook, Tignyemb bid Celtic supporters goodbye and asked them to give him their blessings and his furthers his career with the Chilli Boys.
“I’m Patrick Tignyemb and I decided to make this video to try talk to you and explain what’s happening, because I am a part of you, I am a part of the Celtic family, I am a part of the supporters. Maybe other people know about it, but I think it’s my duty as a member of you supporters to tell you the truth. I’m not going to be part of Celtic next season. I signed for Chippa United and I want you to hear it from me, because when one one member of your family decides to go somewhere else, the family member must know about it. That’s why I did this video to tell you Celtic supporters the truth.
“I want you guys to please release me from your heart, to let me go with your blessing to do my job properly with your blessing, your support, your love. I belong to Bloemfontein, I’m from Bloemfontein but just allow me to go and do my job properly. I want to go with your blessings. I really thank you for everything for all these years, support through good and bad times, especially bad times. I want to thank you for everything you did for me and my family in Bloemfontein. I want to go knowing that all of you are behind me.”
During his time at the club, Tignyemb won the Telkom Knockout title in 2012.