'Taking Celtic to cup semis a milestone'


Chippa United coach Lehlohonolo Seema has downplayed his missed opportunity to claim silverware with Bloemfontein Celtic prior to his move to Port Elizabeth.

Seema recently swapped Celtic for Chippa, much to the shock of the football fraternity, despite having been on an upward trajectory in Bloemfontein.

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The former Orlando Pirates and Lesotho international defender signed a three-year deal with the Nelson Mandela Bay club that has become notorious for changing coaches like underwear.

He left Siwelele at a time when they were just two hurdles away from silverware after guiding the side to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals, where they are set to face Baroka before potentially meeting either Mamelodi Sundowns or Bidvest Wits in the final.

Instead, he now has added pressure to save The Chilli Boys from the dreaded relegation axe, but that has not deterred him as his work at Celtic will remain a milestone in his eyes.

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“I do not want to talk that much about me as an individual, but it shows the potential about the work we did at Celtic,” Seema told the Cosafa website.

“I think it’s for the first time that the team has managed to reach the semi-finals of the Nedbank and that for me is a milestone on its own.

“My focus has now shifted on doing well and improving Chippa’s position in the Absa Premiership. If you look at the table, you will realise that all the teams from ninth position are not safe from relegation.

“There is a lot of work to be done and I’m looking forward to the new chapter of my career here in Port Elizabeth.”

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