The real reason Lehlohonolo Seema left Bloemfontein Celtic for Chippa United has been revealed.
Seema has signed a three-year deal with Siviwe Mpengesi's Chilli Boys despite Celtic sitting in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals and challenging for the top eight.
The decision to leave a team challenging for trophies before the season is over for one that is infamous for a lack of job security has led to widespread confusion as to why the coach would make such a move.
Both Seema and Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco have consistenty denied on the record that there have been salary payment problems despite numerous media reports to the contrary.
However, a reliable source close to the former Lesotho international now lifts the lid on the actual situation, confirming indications that Seema had not been receiving his full income for several months.
"Ja, I had a chat with him last week and he told me that he will resign but will not take any technical team with him," the source tells KickOff.com.
"He told me he was going alone. He said he had not received a salary for three months. This is the reason he left."
Seema, who was with Celtic since 2013, is not the first coach to leave due to financial reasons – Steve Komphela did the same when he dumped them for Golden Arrows.
"You might take it that I'm just trying to cover up for the team... maybe the noble thing will be you find out from him because there's nothing like that," responds Celtic public relations officer Sello Nduna.
"Late Sunday evening he resigned asking and stating that he would want to go and face new challenges, and move on for greener pastures.
"But we would want to take this opportunity and thank him for his contribution. I mean he's leaving the team after qualifying for the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
"Look, it caught us by surprise but at the end of the day he has made his mind up that he wanted to try somewhere else."
Celtic are understood to have secured businessman Lebo Mokoena as a sponsor for next season to help alleviate their well-documented financial issues.
With Seema's immediate future secure, view the list of high-profile SA coaches who are currently unemployed