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Bloemfontein at risk of losing their favourite club as Celtic is put up for sale

4:18 PM GMT+4 24/05/2018
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The outgoing owner of Phunya Sele Sele has refused to give assurances that the club will remain in Bloemfontein

The Free State province are at risk of losing one of their most historic and favourite clubs as Bloemfontein Celtic have been put up for sale.

Current Celtic boss Max Tshabalala has been fighting tooth and nail to keep Phunya Sele Sele afloat, but with the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) now a thing of the past, the owners are looking to part with the club due to financial constraints. 

However, despite Tshabalala’s desire to have the club remain in Bloemfontein, he admits that he cannot give any assurances that the club will remain in the Free State if it is offloaded to outsiders.

"At the moment we have three offers on the table and they are from outside the province. I pray that I can get an offer from the province because at the moment I have nothing," Tshabalala told SowetanLive.

"If I sell to someone from outside I cannot impose a clause that the club must remain here, no,” he explained.

"Unfortunately, once a club is sold, then it would be up to the new owners to take the club forward," he added.

Nonetheless, while Tshabalala admits that the club are yet to receive offers locally, he has pleaded for someone from within the Free State to acquire the club, which according to the publication will coast a whopping R65 million.

"I have an offer that is very lucrative but I have shelved it for now to await for an offer from home. I have the best interest of the club at heart,” he revealed.

"This club has a rich history and has never changed its base and we want it to continue being the Celtic that we know and love," he said.

When quizzed regarding the reported R65 million price tag, Tshabalala refused to disclose whether or not it was indeed true.

"As a businessman I cannot discuss that through the media," he said.

Meanwhile, Tshabalala hopes that a recent meeting with the club’s loyal fans will get them onboard with their intentions.

"I informed them that I do not want a repeat of the situation we had last season of not being able to pay players' signing-on fees on time. Being without a sponsor, it's not easy and I had to take money from my other businesses to fund the club," he concluded.