Ex Kaizer Chiefs striker Emmanuel Letlotlo has explained to FARPost why he couldn’t secure a deal at Bloemfontein Celtic.
“I was sure that I was going to sign for Celtic, my agent (Gerald Baloyi) drafted a proposal but it was too much for Celtic as their management said they couldn’t afford to cough out that kind of money,” Letlotlo told this website.
“My agent presented a second proposal to Celtic, but still they said they can’t afford to sign me for that amount of money. I don’t know what really transpired between my agent and the Celtic management because I informed my agent to offer them something they can afford,” said the former Glamour Boy.
Letlotlo said that he had a chat with one of the Celtic coaches Lehlohonolo Seema and the latter was apparently very keen to sign him.
“I had a chat with coach Seema and he told me that he wanted to sign me, but Celtic could not afford to as the offer that was placed on the table by my agent was that of a top player and with that amount of money, Seema said they are going to expect a lot from me.
“I said, ‘coach listen, I just want to play, money is not important at the moment’, but somehow my agent and the Celtic management still couldn’t agree on the terms and I have now left.”
The 23-year-old is saddened that the deal didn’t materialise, considering the good treatment he received at Celtic.
“The entire Celtic team welcomed me with open arms; the players showed me love and support. I was sure that my journey (top-flight football) starts now at Celtic,” he said.
Celtic media officer Sello Nduma confirmed to FARPost that Letlotlo left Celtic just after their 2-0 win over against Chiefs in the 2019 Macufe Cup at the Free State Stadium.
“He was training with the team, but he is no longer training with the team,” said Nduna.
Letlotlo, known as Adebayor has been struggling to find a new club and was linked with a move to GladAfrica Championship sides Royal Eagles and TS Galaxy before he started training with Celtic.
He played five PSL matches for Chiefs following his promotion to the first team after impressing in the MultiChoce Diski Challenge (MDC) where he scored nine goals in 15 games to be awarded the Top Goal Scorer during the 2015/16 season.
But the striker’s career in the PSL is yet to take off after a number of setbacks, including a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament.
Chiefs then decided to send him on loan to Baroka FC in an attempt to afford him game time last season, but Letlotlo sustained another injury which saw him being sent back to Amakhosi where he was eventually released.