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Players of the Safa Vhembe Stream G1 champions, Rabali Pull Together, busy preparing for the regional playoffs. Photo supplied. 

'We are rivals, not enemies,' says Rabali Pull Together chairperson

 

The chairperson of Rabali Pull Together FC, Tshilidzi “Chuku” Mukoma, called for peace and unity among fans as his side prepares for the ABC Motsepe second-division regional playoffs.

His statement follows the ill-fated derby between Matanda Rockers FC and Rabali Pull Together FC, played on 18 May at Tshifulanani Stadium. Shortly after this league decider, one man was stabbed and hospitalised. His brother, who seemingly sought revenge for the attack, was killed the next day.

Martin Ramathuthu was buried at Tshituni graveyard on Saturday, 25 May, and his brother, Steward Ramathuthu, was discharged from Tshilidzini Hospital on Wednesday, 22 May.

Rabali FC’s chairperson has issued a heartfelt appeal for unity and sportsmanship among fans and players. “We went to the DC (Safa’s disciplinary committee) and we were not found guilty. We are still going to the playoffs,” he said. Mukoma emphasised that rivalry should never escalate into violence.

“It is unfortunate, and no matter how we differ in perspectives, we should not fight to the point where one gets hurt. We want to ask our fans to chant and clap hands as we play in the playoffs, as we don’t want violence,” he urged.

Mukoma added that Rabali Pull Together and Matanda Rockers FC were not enemies but rivals trying their best to have a team from Nzhelele in the top leagues. The last team to participate in the ABC Motsepe league from Nzhelele was Mikhado FC, which was back in 2022.

“Rockers will be supporting us during the playoffs, and we will buy some of their players to beef up our squad when the transfer window opens,” he said. Mukoma added that they have secured sponsorship for 12-month internships for players over the age of 21. “The internships will provide a stipend, benefiting approximately 25 players,” he said.

 

 

Date:31 May 2024

By: Maanda Bele

Maanda  Bele, born and raised in Nzhelele Siloam, studied journalism at the Tshwane University of Technology.

He is passionate about current news and international affairs.

He worked as part of the Zoutnet team as an intern in 2017.

He is currently a freelance journalist specialising in news from the Vhembe district.

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