“Look, I connect spiritually and by blood with the Siwelele supporters and they will forever have a special place in my heart and I want to thank them for the support. Even now some of them do not believe the news but some believed from the word go but we all have one thing in common which is to see Celtic blossom”
These are the specials words of appreciation to the Bloemfontein Celtic faithful by former coach Lehlohonolo Seema as he officially parted ways with the club.
Seema was announced as the new head coach at Chippa United just a few hours after his resignation was confirmed by Celtic on Monday.
The 40-year-old spent 8 years at Phunya Sele Sele as a player and 4 years as part of the club’s technical team, 2 of those as head coach.
“It’s purely about getting a new challenge because as young as I am now you learn in different ways. I am now coach of Chippa United and will continue to learn so it’s all about learning and growing with different challenges so that you can move out of your comfort zone,” Seema tells FARPost.
“Like you are saying it was spiritual (relationship with Celtic), when someone talks about spiritual matters you must know that it is deep so go and get new challenges, get burnt, you grow, you fall, you dust yourself off up and you continue with your journey.
“Even when as a player I have always tried and stick around as long as possible or as long as my services are needed. I am not someone that when the going gets tough I jump the ship, if it was about money I would have left Bloemfontein Celtic a long time ago but it is not about that. It is about me trying to learn in my coaching career and trying to go as far as I can in this beautiful sport that made me what I am today,” he said.
Seema also adds that he does not feel unsettled by the fact that his new bosses do not have a good track record when it comes to keeping coaches.
“I think if you are unsettled about something you don’t even take, you leave it. So for me being here shows that I spoke to the Chairman (Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi) and we had a nice chat so we are giving it a try. He understands that I am a young coach and I need a lot of support and a lot of guidance and he promised me that. So I was not bothered and I wanted to give it a go ahead and see how far it can go.
“Coming to Chippa United supporters, I hope that they will teach me isiXhosa so that so that I can be fluent with Xhosa and sing along with them. I am one guy that I am not afraid of challenges and I will stick here. The other thing I like is that I am at a team that has passionate supporters who love singing so I wouldn’t be missing singing that much but we will have to make sure that we produce on the field of play as well,” said Seema.
Seema signed for three seasons and will be working with Mbuyiselo Sambo as his assistant coach.
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By Ofhani Munyai