Good memories about Mondli Cele

2016-01-21 06:00
PHOTO: sourced  Fallen Maritzburg United hero Mondli Cele to be buried in Durban this        Saturday after one of the memorial services in Pietermaritzburg this evening. He scored the first goal of the match which ended up in a 3-3 draw between his side and Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night. This was hours before he died in a car accident on Sunday morning.

PHOTO: sourced Fallen Maritzburg United hero Mondli Cele to be buried in Durban this Saturday after one of the memorial services in Pietermaritzburg this evening. He scored the first goal of the match which ended up in a 3-3 draw between his side and Orlando Pirates at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night. This was hours before he died in a car accident on Sunday morning.

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THE late Maritzburg United midfielder Mondli Cele who tragically died in the early hours of Sunday, will be missed by his teammates, club employees, followers and his friends for many reasons.

The majority of his teammates believe Cele was one of the club’s figures that used keep the side together with his funny, but nice character.

Former Team of Choice assistant and head coach, Mandla Ncikazi, currently assistant at Golden Arrows told Echo that Cele had a bright future.

Ncikazi discovered Cele when he was playing for the amateur team, Gamalakhe­ FC in Port Shepstone.

Ncikazi said Cele was a rare breed in nowadays soccer.

“He was short, a hard runner or worker, full of strength, yet he packed a shot,”said Cele.

His teammates said Cele has somehow became a leader in the team, like becoming the lead singer in the team bus before a game.

The Team of Choice spokesperson Brian Zuma­ told Echo: “Mondli was a very bubbly and energetic character who always looked at the positive side of things, a hard worker who believed in making an extra effort to succeed.

“[He was] respectful and very humble [and it was] always a pleasure to be with. He was always a lead singer in the team, with different songs.”

When asked about Cele’s jersey number 24, Zuma said no decision has been taken yet, but United’s chairman Farook Kadodia, is likely to make announcements later.

United’s administrator Hlubi Msimang said: “Skhokho sam..I will miss you when you come to worry me and say a lot of funny things. I will miss you when you used to say Hlubza…uyaz ngiyakuncwa my dear.

“But why does your fiancee not marry you. Hlubza you must please find me a good flat and also get me a plaza [TV screen].”

One of United’s passionate and number supporter’s, Vuyo Mkhize from Sobantu said: “We will miss you S’gora, you fought a good fight like a soldier and played your role.”

Meanwhile the ABSA Premiership fixture between Maritzburg United and Lamontville Golden Arrows and as well as the Multichoice Diski fixture between Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town, which were both scheduled for Saturday, have been postponed until further notice.

Cele’s Pietermaritzburg memorial service will be at Life Bible Church International (kwaRev Manyathi) at 1 Archie Gumede Drive (opposite Old Simba Chips) today at 5pm.

He will be buried this Saturday after a funeral service at Folweni sportsground (near Isipingo) at 9am. Enquiries about transport for the fans can be made at the club offices at 397 Victoria Rd, Pietermaritzburg or they can phone 033 345 5666.

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