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SA Diplomats Join Search For Missing SA Player

A South African footballer has been missing since early June in Georgia, and the Department of International Relations has joined in on the search.

The Ke Yona talent search product Thulani Cele, who left South Africa for trials in Georgia, was last seen on the 2nd of May, and there are fears that he might have been arrested.

Dirco has asked for assistance from the South African embassy in Poland to look into the player’s disappearance as SA doesn’t have an embassy in Georgia.

In an interview with SAFM, Cele’s father, Bongani Shongwe, said the family has pleaded with Dirco to help.

“We are just begging the government to use any resources they have at their disposal to find my son,” he said.

“Thulani's trip to Georgia was organised by a man named Baggio, that we met through the Nedbank Ke Yona initiative. We then paid for Thulani's travelling costs, and Baggio was supposed to book his accommodation, and Thulani gave Baggio's connection in Georgia money for his accommodation when he got there,” added Shongwe during an interview.

Cele last had a conversation with his family on June 3 as he was preparing to return to SA, but on that very same day, he was set to head back home; his grandmother got a phone call stating that the player had been arrested.

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