Stadium renovations going nowhere
BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic are unlikely to be back at their Seisa Ramabodu home by mid-2014 as the club had hoped, as work continues to stall on renovations to the venue.
The ground was deemed unsafe by the Premier Soccer League last year and its old wooden stands demolished, but work has yet to begin on the construction of concrete stands as planned in a joint venture by the Mangaung metropolitan municipality and the Free State provincial government. In fact, the construction work has yet to even go out to tender.
A number of meetings are believed to have taken place with engineers on how best to proceed, but there has as yet been no action and it now seems virtually impossible that Celtic will be back at the venue by the June 2014 date originally set.
It means they will have to continue using the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, when available, and the highly unpopular Botshabelo Stadium, some 60km away, the use of which has been blamed for dwindling attendances.
The plan is for Celtic to take ownership of the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium once the renovations are complete, with the Mangaung metropolitan municipality major Thabo Manyoni making the announcement earlier this year.
"About 80% of the stadium will be completely revamped with permanent stands and proper seating for our fans," Celtic chief executive Khumbulani Konco said some months ago.
Contacted for comment on the delays, Konco would only say that the matter was now a "touchy subject", while no one from the municipality was available for comment.