Former Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb has opened up on a special relationship with a coach that he regards as his father.
The 34-year-old is a free agent after being released after just six months, following a torrid stay with Chippa United, where he had a fall-out with then coach Norman Mapeza.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma’s edition 1176, the veteran Ivorian, who by his own admission is not an easy character to deal with, opened up on his relationship with Clinton Larsen, with whom he spent four of his 12 seasons at the Mangaung outfit.
“The only person who understood me was Clinton Larsen. He is like a father to me. I love him too much. I am here now because of him. He believed in me. Even when I was off form, he believed in me. If I have a personal problem, I tell him. If I am broke and I don’t have money in my pocket, I tell him and he is going to give me something. So, he is my father. He would give me advice on life and a lot of things. He wants to help me when I finish playing on the coaching side. I have a special relationship with that father of mine. He is the only person who understood me very well. He took time to study me. He is someone who is humble and respectful. When you have someone like that the only way you can thank him is to fight for him on the field,” Tignyemb said.
Tignyemb has revealed that he is looking forward to working with the Polokwane City coach again, even if it means he has to force a move.
“I will have that opportunity by force, because he is my father. For sure, I will have it. I am 100% sure it will happen don’t worry.” Tignyemb concluded.