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Phafoli: Bloemfontein Celtic sign ex-Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and three others

17:30 SAST 2020/10/08
Gerhard Phafoli, Bloemfontein Celtic, October 2020
Phunya Sele Sele have reinforced their squad with four new players including a former AmaZulu FC player

Bloemfontein Celtic have officially unveiled four new signings ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Menzi Ndwandwe, Gerhard Phafoli, Robert Smith and Mokone Mereko have all been confirmed as Siwelele players.

The Free State giants are preparing for the new season which will see them compete in four major competitions including the Caf Confederation Cup.

The club released the following statement on Thursday afternoon.

"Bloemfontein Celtic would like to welcome the following players to the team."

"1. Menzi Ndwandwe, 2. Robert Smith, 3. Mokone Mereko 4. Gerhard Phafoli," a club statement read.

Phafoli is a former Kaizer Chiefs academy player and he was part of the Soweto giants' reserve team during the recent 2019/20 season.

The young goalkeeper was named among Chiefs' substitutes as the club's first team was defeated by Celtic in the 2019 Macufe Cup.

Meanwhile, Ndwandwe, who is a striker by trade, was on the books of National First Division (NFD) outfit Uthongathi in the recent campaign.

The former AmaZulu FC player hit the back of the net 11 times from 27 league matches for Uthongathi and he has since been snapped up by Phunya Sele Sele.

On the other hand, defender Mokone Mereko was previously with Highlands Park, who recently sold their PSL status to TS Galaxy.

While Smith is very much an unknown quantity, he will be keen to make a name for himself in the new season.

Celtic will be under the guidance of coach John Maduka, who led the team to an eighth place finish in the league and Nedbank Cup final in the recent campaign.

Siwelele are set to start the new term with the 2020 MTN8 quarter-final clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on October 18.