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Dambe’s Celtic door opens

Publishing Date : 20 May, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

News that South Africa’s struggling outfit Bloemfontein Celtic has parted ways with veteran number shot stopper Patrick Tignyemb could be a blessing in disguise for Botswana international Kabelo Dambe.


The former Township Rollers goal stopper has since his arrival at the club played second fiddle to Tignyemb. But as Tignyemb who is was also the club captain is leaving the club, Dambe is expected to grab the opening golden opportunity with both his hands.
Ever since singing with the club, the Tutume born goalkeeper struggled and almost failed to dislodge the Cameroonian international from the number one spot. Tignyemb was allegedly expelled after demanding his outstanding dues at Siwelele.

 
Celtic had long turned their interest to Dambe knowing that he will bring the necessary competition to Tignyemb. The Free State based club that has clinched a spot on the top 8 bracket this season, secured the services of former Rollers number one keeper following his outstanding performance nearly two seasons ago.


Dambe made almost all 30 appearances for Rollers conceding fewer goals. His ability as a shot stopper and age by his side was an added advantage that Celtic would want to cash on. But before going to Celtic, he was given serious challenge by Kgosipula, who to this date has conceded fewer goals compared to Dambe. When joining Siwelele, Dambe became the second Botswana goal keeper to play for South African outfits after his compatriot Modiri Marumo made his mark at Bay United.


Throughout this week, the South African media has been awash with reports that Celtic has terminated the contract of the veteran goalkeeper. The experienced Cameroon international, who has served Celtic with distinction since 2008, was said to be demanding unpaid bonuses from the club. However, his demands lead to his sacking, reports one media outlet in SA. Celtic players once again boycotted training last week because members of staff had not been paid their salaries for quite some time.

Dambe first made his mark in South African football with Platinum Stars but the club fired him in a season he was about to become a first choice goal keeper. At Stars, he deputized Siyabonga Mpotshane who is now with Orlando Pirates. Dambe left Township Rollers under an impressive fold. 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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