Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic and Mamelodi Sundowns will stage two friendlies in Botshabelo next weekend as they look to fight gangsterism in the Free State.
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The two PSL sides will face off at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Saturday and Sunday in a show of support for the fans who were stabbed at the venue during Celtic's 5-1 thrashing of Polokwane City in December.
“We found it imperative to continue with our promise to fight gangsterism and we are appreciative that Sundowns has come on board as they are entrenched in communities and know the influence that sport has on communities," Phunya Sele Sele owner Max Tshabalala said.
"Both teams have lots of supporters across the country and in Botshabelo and that distinctively shows how vital it is for us to act jointly. Regardless of any dimensional circumstances or any team that you support, gangsterism must be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
"It was not a publicity stunt that we took players and everyone associated with the team to express our dissatisfaction about the heinous crimes committed in that area.
“We encourage our supporters and other members of the community in other towns and townships affected by this syndrome to take a stand.
"These gangsters have the audacity to disrupt schooling and even prevent our kids from attending school."