Bloemfontein Celtic founder and Life President Dr Petrus Rantlai Molemela has passed away at the age of 83.
The Free State club announced on their official platforms on Sunday morning, March 26, 2017.
In 1984, Molemela bought the status of Mangaung United and renamed it to Bloemfontein Celtic. The name remained even after he sold his shares to different businessmen,
Molemela was in charge of the team as chairman between 1984 and 2001. He decided to sell his shares to former player Jimmy Augousti in 2001.
However, he remained loyal to the club and was often seen attending their games at different venues across the Free State province.
Molemela had the now refurbished Seisa Ramabodu Stadium named after him in October 2015 as an honour for his immense contribution in football.
The @Bloem_Celtic family is sad to announce the passing of Dr Petrus Rantlai Molemela who departed this morning (Sun 26 Mar). #RipMolemela pic.twitter.com/lvAjkqxSA4 — Bloemfontein Celtic (@Bloem_Celtic) March 26, 2017
Football fans and players took to social media to pay tribute to the man famously known as "Whitehead", Dr Molemela.
Sad to hear about the passing of Ntate Petrus Whitehead Molemela - Butswela Ntate Molemela - our thoughts go out his family @Bloem_Celtic pic.twitter.com/t588O8NKmi — Vina is Alphe (@alfavina) March 26, 2017
Petrus Rantai Molemela " You brought us the first major Trophy In football to my beloved Free State Province the Mainstay cup 1985. You have— baba mthethwa (@hothaata) March 26, 2017
SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan has sent his condolences on the passing on of Bloemfontein Celtic founding father Ntate Petrus Molemela. pic.twitter.com/tJESk0viy3 — SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) March 26, 2017
Goal South Africa would like to send its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr Petrus Molemela and the entire Bloemfontein Celtic team.