Celtic deal

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Newly crowned In­de­pen­dence Cup cham­pi­ons Bantu have signed a ground­break­ing part­ner­ship with South African premier league side Bloem­fontein Celtic, the Le­sotho Times has learnt.

Ac­cord­ing to Bantu pres­i­dent John leuta, the agree­ment would see the two sides col­lab­o­rat­ing in de­vel­op­ing each other’s brand.

“The agree­ment is ba­si­cally about ex­chang­ing play­ers and pro­grammes in coach­ing and mar­ket­ing,” leuta said this week.

“This agree­ment will also see the two teams play­ing friendly games reg­u­larly here in le­sotho and Bloem­fontein for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of both clubs.

“The sup­port­ers are also go­ing to ben­e­fit from the part­ner­ship as they are go­ing to be trav­el­ing be­tween le­sotho and South Africa for Bloem­fontein Celtic and Bantu matches.”

leuta added Bantu sup­port­ers are set to be the first ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the part­ner­ship as Celtic would be dis­patch­ing two buses to le­sotho to col­lect them for the Bloem­fontein Celtic ver­sus Mpumalanga Black Aces match sched­uled for Petrus Molemela Sta­dium this com­ing Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to leuta, Celtic and Bantu have a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship high­lighted by iconic de­fender lehlo­honolo Seema.

Seema played for both Bantu and Celtic in a glit­ter­ing ca­reer which saw him cap­tain the two sides, as well as South African gi­ants Or­lando Pi­rates and also the na­tional team, likuena.

Seema is now an as­sis­tant coach at Celtic but his links with Bantu re­main strong.

“One good ex­am­ple of the part­ner­ship is that of Seema, who is our tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor while he re­mains an as­sis­tant coach at Celtic.

“Seema has al­ways been work­ing with us but this sea­son, it has been done through proper chan­nels.”

leuta also said as part of the part­ner­ship, Bantu would be rec­om­mend­ing play­ers to Celtic for pos­si­ble en­gage­ment.

“Celtic are play­ing in a pro­fes­sional league which is way ahead of ours and that means there is a lot we are go­ing to learn from them in pack­ag­ing our brand and de­vel­op­ing it,” leuta said.

“That is why we are all de­lighted with the part­ner­ship; th­ese are in­deed ex­cit­ing times for our club and we be­lieve the agree­ment will make Bantu a force to reckon with not only in this coun­try but also on the con­ti­nent.

“we had al­ready been work­ing to­gether for years now, but we have de­cided to take things to an­other level and hope­fully, this de­vel­op­ment will take us places.

“The fact that our team was do­ing well on and off the field re­ally helped us part­ner with a team as big as Celtic.

“Their of­fi­cials were in the coun­try when we won the In­de­pen­dence Cup two weeks ago, and they were re­ally im­pressed with how we are de­vel­op­ing as a club.”

BLOEM­FONTEIN Celtics mid­fielder Musa Ny­atama

BANTU mid­fielder Hlom­pho Kalake

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