Day-one to Reminisce for Celtic in UK

Bloemfontein Celtic, the MultiChoice Diski Challenge champions, have safely disembarked in London – Heathrow, in the United Kingdom.

It was a 10-hour trip that was filled with a roller coaster of emotions for the Young Siwelele lads – the squad reminiscing the tremendous farewell that was propelled by the club’s No 1 support Botha Msila at OR Tambo International Airport, while the nerve wrecking but yet exciting thought of what awaits them in the foreign land kept creeping at the back of their minds.

But after all, one can argue, this trip, that’s meant to reward Celtic for their heroics in their triumphant season of the reserve league was about giving these youngsters life changing scenarios on-and-off the field of play.

And, it was then a no brainer that Msila dropped everything to come and shower the club’s young troops with a heroes’ farewell through the club’s usual customs - songs, rumbles and dance at OR Tambo.

Doing the necessary but patient demanding check-ins at Terminal A of international departures brought some sense of belief to the players that indeed they’ve done enough to accomplish the necessary requirements of winning the Diski Challenge, in order to raise their hands and represent the country’s PSL feeder League in their inaugural UK tour – having previously been held in Netherlands and Spain.

Those pre-match warm ups were finally done, and the team later roped into the exhilarating Mug and Bean for a quick supper before boarding airway magnates Virgin Atlantic to the Promised Land.

But still the reality of boarding an air flight was a pioneering stage for the majority of these troops – especially those that had joined the team last season as they’d traveled to their away matches by bus.

If the excited and energetic atmosphere that they gave on the flight was anything to go by, then they’ll have no problems when they meet tour opponents West Ham United and Fulham Under-23s respectively.

They echoed on top of their voice at the backseats of Atlantic – calling each by their nicknames that had bants – depicting a picture of a new born ready to take their first walk in life.

And, that’s what this trip could probably do for their careers – lead them towards a future that’s filled with endless possibilities. Judging from their reactions when they landed in London-Heathrow, then it’s safe to say that intimidation for these lads is not in their vocabulary.

And, that‘s why they were ruthless in the league, recording the third highest number of goals in 15 matches. But here, that feat has already been shown by how the commanded the bus to the airports’ exit terminal as they took a leaf from Msila’s book and representing the club through singing and rumbling.

A quick breakfast was held, which was followed by another seamless check-in into the rooms with a face full of delight.

There was no time to relax and enjoy the breeze of Westfield Stradford City, where their hotel - Holiday Inn - is based, though, but instead, they were off for a light indoor, greet and meet training session, with West Ham United Academy coaches at Chadwell Heath.

The main attraction would be served at Emirates Stadium where they’d watch Arsenal, in their quest to make the last eight of the Uefa Europa League, against Rennes.