Former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi
Sundowns captain Benson Mhlongo says that he was disappointed in the leadership
of the country’s football as no delegates were sent to pay their last respects for Cecil Lolo.
27-year-old defender was laid to rest in Cele, Eastern Cape on Sunday two
weeks after his tragic passing in a horrific car crash in Khayalitsha.
reported that both SAFA and the PSL together with the deceased club, Ajax Cape Town, sent no delegates on
their behalf which signalled a lack of the spirit of Ubuntu, according to Mhlongo.
The 35-year-old also revealed that in his playing days, one of the clubs he played for once
hindered players from burying one of their security guards and were ordered to go back to the training ground after the church service and still play
friendly games on the burial day.
urged the South African football leaders to stop disrespecting individuals who
might not be regarded as ‘valuable’ to them or their businesses.
“All I want
to say is that, this has been happening for so long.” Mhlongo told Sport24 in
an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
“One of the
clubs I played for didn’t allow us to bury one of our security men.
church service we were ordered to go back to training and on that burial day we
ended up playing a friendly game and to me that’s not unity.
unfortunate now that it is also happening at Ajax Cape Town. Why must
you even ask for your games to be postponed when your fellow soldier had died
and is yet to be buried?
disappointed with the way Ajax and the South African football leadership
handled this matter, they didn’t show any respect to Cecil Lolo.
Meyiwa died, all the football delegates were there at his funerals, and all PSL
matches were postponed.
with leadership; our leaders must make right decisions for us and do what’s
right. “Currently they are not, we are always preaching
about the spirit of Ubuntu in the country but in reality there is no Ubuntu.”