OFM News spoke to Max Tshabalala about rumours that the team is receiving money to play its home games at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Tshabalala, however, said only one game - scheduled to take place on Friday - is going to be played in the windy city. Bloemfontein Celtic is going to take on Chippa United. This game would have normally be played at Celtic’s home ground - the Dr Petrus Rantlai Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.
Tshabalala said the pitch is in desperate need to be fixed and this can take 3-4 days. This is despite a media statement by the club that indicates that the stadium has been shut down for renovations. Tshabalala did not want to be drawn into why Celtic does not play at the Toyota Free State stadium in Bloemfontein instead, or on rumours that the cash-strapped team is receiving money to play at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Free State Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture said they were not aware of the decision to shut down the stadium. Celtic’s statement indicates that “the remaining home games will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth until the renovations are done”.
This is a developing story.
OFM News/Blaine Jones and Leatile Leiee