LIKUENA and Matlama striker Motebang Sera’s negotiations with Bloemfontein Celtic ended yesterday when he signed a two-year contract with the ABSA Premiership side.
The reigning Econet Premier League top goal scorer with 18 goals has been trialing with Celtic since last month and coach Lehlohonolo Seema publicly announced that he was impressed by the striker last month.
Sera’s contract with Matlama ended last month.
The negotiations started early this month with Sera being represented by his agent Ernest Mokuena from Digital Sports Agency.
Mokuena confirmed the news yesterday saying the player had signed for two years with one-year extension option. He said the player was happy with the deal as it was “lucrative”.
“The deal has been signed and sealed and the player has signed for two years with Celtic with a one-year renewal option,” Mokuena said.
“I must say the deal is lucrative compared to what the player was getting in Lesotho. He is happy with everything which is what is important at the end of the day. He is happy that we have signed the deal.”
Mokuena said he was confident the reigning Econet premier league player of the season will do Basotho proud.
“His work rate is impressive, there is no doubt that he will not let Basotho down. Celtic are also impressed with him,” Mokuena said.
Mokuena however, couldn’t be drawn to revealing the contract’s worth fearing that it would endanger the player’s life.
“What I can say is that the deal is good and the player is happy but I will not reveal the exact figures because that might put his life in danger and also under unnecessary pressure.”
Mokuena also said there was potential in local football.
“The fact that the number of Lesotho players getting teams in South Africa is increasing shows that there is talent and I will definitely be coming back to scout for other players. I also hope deals like this one will also motivate other players to keep working hard as they can make a living through football,” he said.
Celtic could not be reached for comment as both their chairman Max Tshabalala and chief executive officer Khumbulani Konco’s mobile phones rang unanswered.
However, Seema confirmed on his Facebook page that they have signed the player and are currently waiting for the clearance from Matlama.
“Welcome to Siwelele (Celtic) family boy. Signed and sealed. Sera is now going to be busy with his agent to get a clearance and police clearance and we hope things move fast so that he can start playing…,” Seema said.