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Mondli Cele’s passing described as a tragic loss

PSL spokesperson Luxolo September says there is still a lot of shock in the soccer fraternity.

Maritzburg United player Mondli Cele. Picture: Bidvest Wits Facebook official page.
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JOHANNESBURG – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) says the death of soccer midfielder Mondli Cele is a great loss to his club, Maritzburg United, soccer fans across the country and has left many in shock. 

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

In an interview on 702's Sports Talk, PSL spokesperson Luxolo September says Cele’s goal was beautiful.

“It’s been a very tragic moment to what has been a very great football in the Absa Premiership this weekend.”

September says a lot of arrangements haven’t been confirmed as yet as there is still a lot of shock in the soccer fraternity.

“Tomorrow is another day for whatever business needs to be done.”

At the same time, Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has described Cele as a talented player.

“This is a sad day and condolences to Mondli’s family, his loved ones and team members. We’ve lost a number of footballer through car accidents; clearly in the PSL and in our clubs we need to do something about that. He was a talented footballer.”

While Maritzburg United Operations Manager Quinton Jetro says the late soccer star lost control of the vehicle.

“All our footballers stay in Pietermaritzburg. It was an accident and he was basically home after the match.”

Jetro has described Cele as a very joyous person.

“An unbelievable human being, good personality, always laughing, joyous and very likable in the changing rooms. A great loss to the club and his family.”

THE FOOTBALL STAR

Cele joined Maritzburg United last season.

His football career began when he joined Port Shepstone-based second division club Gamalakhe United in 2012. 

He came under the spotlight in 2014 when he was spotted in a televised Nedbank Cup match against Engen Santos by Maritzburg United assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi. 

Cele has made eight appearances for the club this season, scoring two goals in the process.

The 27-year-old earned his first call-up in December 2014, barely six months as a professional. 

He was dubbed a ‘surprise inclusion’ in Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s provisional 34-man squad, to compete in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

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