Gamalakhe United saddend by Cele’s death

2016-01-21 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Mondli Cele, former Gamalakhe United Football Club member, died in a car crash in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend.

PHOTO: supplied Mondli Cele, former Gamalakhe United Football Club member, died in a car crash in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend.

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GAMALAKHE United Football Club is saddened by the death of Mondli Cele, a former club member, who died in a Pietermaritzburg car accident over the weekend.

The 27-year-old Maritzburg United midfielder was involved in a car crash after a match against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, where he scored the opening goal.

Gamalakhe United coach, Keketso Mokoatle, said he had a close relationship with Cele, “Slomo”, and they spoke on the phoned regularly, especially when he needed advice and encouragement.

Mokoatle remembers how he met Cele.

“I remember the day we identified the young player in Richards Bay during the Salga games.

“He had so much passion and showed so much dedication to his soccer career. We took Slomo in and he was part of Gamalakhe United for seven­ seasons before being identified by Maritzburg United.

“He was a humble young man, respectful and always had a good response in coaching sessions. Slomo always asked for advice and when going to a game he always wanted to be prepared.”

Mokoatle said the news of his death came as a shock because he had recently spoken to him.

“On the day of the match I sent him an SMS encouraging him to play his best as he had been out of the game for some time after suffering an injury.

“My heart is really shattered and all the members of the club are saddened as Slomo was one of the players who contributed much to the club. After he left our club he never forgot us, he donated money to develop the club in order for it to continue producing players like him.

“When he got his driver’s licence he called me and asked for advice. I told him he should not rush into buying a car - the first thing he should do is to fix his home and take care of his family,” he said.

Gamalakhe United management Mdu Cele said on behalf of the club they send their condolences to the Cele family, and saying that the news of his death is sad for all of them as Slomo was once one of them.

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