Cape Town - Newly-signed Bloemfontein Celtic full-back
Thabang Matuka revealed his excitement at making the switch to his boyhood club
from Maritzburg United.
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Matuka ended a successful four-year spell with The Team of
Choice by signing a three-year deal with Phunya Sele Sele, describing the move
as a dream come true.
The left-back was born in Bloemfontein and sees can't wait
to turn out for the team he supported growing up.
"Eish... where do I start? It's an unbelievable feeling
of returning home and immediately joining the team that you have grown to so
fervently adore," he told Celtic's website.
"Words cannot adequately describe how I felt the day I
signed and even today still can't believe my dream has finally been
The full-back hopes playing for Celtic will help him grab
the attention of national team coach Shakes Mashaba and earn a call-up to the
Bafana Bafana squad.
"My ultimate goal is to play for the national team but
that can only happen through 120% commitment at club level," he
"The easiest path towards that is consistently
performing with resilience and constantly shining and that is what I'm here
In terms of league position it is somewhat of a sideways
step for Matuka with Maritzburg and Celtic finishing the season level on
Both sides finished in the top eight, but Phunya Sele Sele
finished above The Team of Choice on goal difference.