While Tshabalala is facing a boycott of his team’s matches by fans who have stuck by Phunya Sele Sele through thick and thin, an opportunistic con artist is out using his name to solicit money from unsuspecting young and aspirant coaches.
Phakaaathi was informed that there is a guy who phones coaches and pretends to be Tshabalala and offer them a coaching job at Celtic’s Multichoice Diski Challenge team.
“He phoned a friend of mine who is coaching in the Vodacom league, but he declined the offer because his team is in a good position to qualify for the play-offs and he has a family in Pietermaritzburg and could not just up and leave. So he recommended me,” former Maritzburg United development coach, Xolani Madlala.
“The guy phoned me and offered me the job. He then gave me a number to phone and arrange for travel arrangements. I suspected something was wrong when the guy told me to transfer R3000 to his account or through Spar so he can book a flight for me,” explained Madlala.
Madlala said he then phoned Celtic manager, John Maduka, who told him that it was a scam and they do not have any coaching vacancies at the team.
“The guy uses a number that is almost similar to that of Tshabalala and will probably scam a lot of poor gullible coaches if not stopped,” fumed Madlala.
Phakaaathi has also learnt that former Mthatha Bucks coach, Julius Dube fell for the scam and deposited the money, but was later told the position is being frozen because of ‘internal politics’ and will be informed later when he can move to Bloemfontein and start his new job.
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