Cape Town – Former Amazulu football player Thulani Cele’s family has reportedly reached out to the Department of International Relations (Dirco) after he was allegedly arrested in Georgia, United States of America.
According to The Citizen, Thulani left the country on May 4 for trial in Georgia. He left under the impression that he was going to Gagra FC for trials, but upon arrival in Georgia, he discovered that it was all a scam.
Thulani called his family on June 3, informing them that he was coming back home.
However, Thulani never arrived home. Instead, his family received a call from a stranger in Georgia informing them that their son had been arrested.
Speaking to SAfm sports team on Monday, Thulani’s father Bongani Cele gave a little bit of insight into his son’s disappearance.
“An agent called Baggio from the Ke Yona team search is the one who organised the trials for Thulani. But as a family we paid for everything which we found to be strange.
“Thulani told us he was having problems at the hotel because Baggio had not paid. He called us crying to say he’s not even eating there. Apparently when my son got there, he was told the team was away and he couldn’t train,” the report quoted Thulani’s father as saying.
The family then reached out to Dirco for assistance, IOL reported.
“The matter was only brought to us today (Tuesday) and we do not have an embassy in Georgia, so we would have to enlist help from the embassy in Poland to investigate the circumstances around the arrest of the player,” Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela said as quoted by the report.