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Giant step for Seema

Mikia Kalati

 

MASERU — Former Lesotho international, Lehlohonolo Seema, has been appointed new Bloemfontein Celtic assistant coach. The retired Mafeteng-born defender, who had a long spell with Celtic captaining the Bloemfontein side, told the Sunday Express on Friday that he is delighted with his new role at the club.

Seema rejoined his former team earlier this year where he was appointed Chief Scout after retirement from a glittering career. The 33-year-old called it a day on his playing career after a long battle to recover from a niggling knee injury in September last year. He will be assisting new Celtic coach, Ernest Middendorp.

The new Celtic coaching pair replaces Clinton Larsen who quit the club two weeks ago and his former assistant Boebie Solomons. Confirming his appointment, Seema said he is very delighted with his new role at the club he served for so long. “I’m very happy to have made a giant step to the only career that I have served for so long,” Seema said. It is still a new journey for me and a learning curve as I’m still very much new in the coaching department.

Seema who has also captained Orlando Pirates said he is pleased that the team close to his heart has given him another opportunity to grow since retiring from football. “It’s very humbling that Celtic have given me yet another opportunity to grow as a coach after they tasked me with the responsibility to head the youth structures earlier this year,” said Seema.

“It shows they saw something special in me and I’m very grateful for that,” he said. He told this paper that he will still work with the club’s youth structures when time permits and has people that will fill his gap while he is busy with the senior team. “I have colleagues on the other side and I will continue to work with them, but most of my time will be devoted to the senior team,” Seema said.

The Mafeteng born defender said the Celtic door is open to players from his country just like others from African countries. “The door is open to any player that will attract our scouts and they will be selected on merit like others coming any other country,” he said.

Seema’s first game as part of the Celtic senior technical team will be a league match against Moroka Swallows on Tuesday. He also told this paper that his door will always be open to Bantu where he has been part of their technical team over the past  year. “I’m just a phone call away, but with the responsibility of the first team now, it means I won’t get enough time to be regularly involved with Bantu,” he said.

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