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Dambe signs 3 year deal with Celtic

Publishing Date : 08 January, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Former Township Rollers’ number one goal stopper, Kabelo Dambe has signed a three year deal with South African Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic. The deal is seen as a chance for the keeper to re-write his professional football story. Dambe will deputise Senegalese Patrick Tignyemb, who is also the team captain. 


Dambe first played in South Africa after being signed by another premiership side, Platinum Stars in 2012. Meanwhile, the goalkeeper’s contract with Township Rollers will elapse in five months’ time. Siwelele as the club is known turned their interest to Dambe knowing that he will bring the necessary competition to the current number one keeper of the team. According to media reports, Coach Veselin Jelusic is happy about Dambe being brought into the fold as he believes he will bring stability to the team. Jelusic is a former Zebras gaffer, and during his tenure, he improved the team’s performance.


The Free State based club that is on a quest for a respectable position in PSL this season, was attracted to the Rollers number one keeper following his outstanding performance last season with his club. Dambe made almost all 30 appearances for Rollers conceding only a few goals. But this season alone, he was given serious challenge by Kgosipula, who to this date has conceded fewer goals as compared to Dambe. The 28 year old has remarkable shot stopping ability, and being a young player, Phunya Sele Sele obviously wants to cash in on his capabilities.


Dambe is the second Botswana goal keeper to play for a South African outfit after his compatriot Modiri Marumo made his mark at Bay United. Throughout this week, South African media was awash with reports that Celtic head-Coach Jesulic, who is also a former Zebras gaffer, had admitted that his club was seriously in need of a goalkeeper.   The Celtic coach said he might be happy with his two great stoppers but he feels they need to add a third as cover for injuries.  “I have a lot of faith in Patrick and I also feel we have two very good keepers there, and then we will most likely add a third in this transfer window to give us cover in that department.” 


Dambe  first made a mark in South African football with Platinum Stars but the club fired him during a season he was about to become first choice. At Stars he deputized Siyabonga Mpotshane who was on his way to Orlando Pirates. Dambe left Township Rollers following an impressive spell. He scooped all awards he was nominated for. During his 2012 era with Stars, he made 29 appearances for Platinum Stars. 


Four of the appearances were recorded during his debut season while the remaining 25 came after the departure of Siyabonga Mpontshane. He altogether played 2 566 minutes for the club. He has appeared 38 times as a substitute on the bench.

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