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Bloemfontein Celtic founder Dr Petrus Molemela passes away

14:04 GMT+3 26/03/2017
Dr Petrus Molemela
The South African football fraternity is in mourning after it was announced that Phunya Sele Sele founder Dr Petrus Molemela has passed away

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. 

Football fans and players took to social media to pay tribute to the man famously known as "Whitehead", Dr Molemela. 

Goal South Africa would like to send its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr Petrus Molemela and the entire Bloemfontein Celtic team.