Bloemfontein Celtic have largely had a season to forget. Between management squabbles, poor results and the exit of certain key players, times have certainly been tough. However, this weekend saw the Siwelele obliterate Ajax Cape Town. It was their second victory in their new home; has the decision to move begun to pay off?
Supporters Club caught up with the chairman of the Siwelele supporters interim committee, Mabena Pule, to find out what's going on.
"We are getting there, the results are coming," he said.
"The supporters are there and the management is there. We have been in this stadium (Dr Molemela Stadium) for about three months and we welcome the move.
"The first priority was taking the game back to the township, as it was very expensive for our people to travel to town."
It certainly seems like the move has started to bear fruit, with a crushing 5-0 victory over Ajax CT in the Free State this weekend. It is a stark contrast to the beginning of the season, when Celtic travelled down to Cape Town to face the Urban Warriors in Green Point Stadium, far from the Cape townships, when the two teams grinded out a 2-2 draw.
It certainly seems that the spirit of the township helped the mighty green and white, and baffled the Urban Warriors as the Cape side looked lost on the field. It seemed as if 11 players were playing with 22 left feet… And the scoreline certainly reflects this.
The results have been slow for Siwelele and so has the return of the crowds, but things are getting there, and will certainly be helped along by results such as the 5-0 demolition witnessed this weekend.
"We are getting there. We are building a formidable team for next season," Mabena concluded.
What did you think of this weekend's game? What accounts for the turnaround in Celtic's performances?