Celtic trying to lure fresh blood

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

After luring coach Mich D'Avray to the team last week, Bloemfontein Celtic are now hoping to strengthen their playing personnel with some good players to replace those who have been offloaded.

Phunya SeleSele, who have also extended the contracts of six players, are holding trials in search of fresh blood.

The trials, which started on Monday and end today, have attracted a number of players from across the country and neighbouring countries. Others are from Ghana and Cameroon.

Kumbulani Konco, Celtic's manager, said: "I will give you the names of the players we are going to sign after the trials. We are hopeful we will get players who will add value to the team in the new season. Our aim is to play consistently and challenge for silverware."

He would not say whether they will consider the players who will impress in the trials for the four-team, one-day Eastern Cape Premier's Cup in East London on Saturday.

They take on fellow Absa Premiership candidates Platinum Stars at 9am, while the other match at 11am pits PSL kings SuperSport United against National First Division team Bay United.

D'Avray is expected to join the team tomorrow and will be on the bench on Saturday.

Ditheko Mototo, released by Kaizer Chiefs, will feature for Celtic on Saturday after the 27-year-old defender sealed a deal that will keep him at the team for the next three seasons.

The players whose contracts were extended are Posnett Omony, Soul Mmethi, Cyrille Mubiala, John Maduka, Gary Goldstone and Patrick Malokase. Their contracts were due to expire on Monday.

Celtic are also in talks with Lebohang Kukame and Lebogang Mothibantwa with a view to offering them new contracts.