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Seema thanks Celtic after joining Chippa

Lehlohonolo Seema says he joined Chippa United for a 'new challenge' and to continue to 'learn and grow' as a coach.

The 40-year-old resigned from Bloemfontein Celtic on Monday and was subsequently named as the new Chilli Boys' boss.

Chippa recently parted ways with Rhulani Mokwena, who has returned to Orlando Pirates, having been at the club on a short-term loan deal.

Speaking to FARPost Seema explained the reason for his Premier Soccer League switch.

He said: "Look, I connect spiritually and by blood with the Siwelele supporters and they will forever have a special place in my heart and I want to thank them for the support.

"Even now some of them do not believe the news but some believed from the word go but we all have one thing in common which is to see Celtic blossom."

Seema spent eight years as a player with Celtic before joining Pirates, where he captained the side. He was also with the club four years as part of Phunya Sele Sele's technical set-up.

Seema added: "It's purely about getting a new challenge because as young as I am now you learn in different ways.

"I am now coach of Chippa United and will continue to learn so it's all about learning and growing with different challenges so that you can move out of your comfort zone.

"Coming to Chippa United supporters, I hope that they will teach me isiXhosa so that so that I can be fluent with Xhosa and sing along with them. I am one guy that I am not afraid of challenges and I will stick here.

"The other thing I like is that I am at a team that has passionate supporters who love singing so I wouldn't be missing singing that much but we will have to make sure that we produce on the field of play as well."