Doctor on call for ailing Sizwe
Doctor on call for ailing Sizwe

Posted in News on Jun 20, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players have joined a team of former and current Jomo Cosmos volunteers who have come together to play a benefit game for ailing former Bafana Bafana right wing back Sizwe Motaung.

The squad of volunteers will play against the Swaziland national team at

Somhlolo Stadium in Mbabane on Sunday and proceeds from the game will be

donated to Motaung who was reported in weekend papers as weak and on deathbed.

Doctor Khumalo disclosed at the launch of Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish's book

called "Madiba's Boys" at Summer Place in Hyde Park on Tuesday evening that

he was driving down to Somhlolo to play for Sizwe.

"I asked club boss Kaizer Motaung if it was okay with him if I travelled

down to Swaziland to join the rest of the guys raising funds for Sizwe,"

said Khumalo, "and he did not even hesitate to grant me permission.

"I will therefore be crossing the border to join the guys and I have also

heard Thabang Lebese expressing a desire to come as well. I'm sure many

other guys will be travelling down and since we are in the off-season, it

does not affect our domestic programme."

Since news of Motaung's illness hit the headlines, the pitiful health state

of a man who played for all Gauteng's top sides Jomo Cosmos, Sundowns,

Chiefs and Pirates his plight has touched the hearts of millions of people.

Leeds United and Bafana Bafana captain Radebe disclosed at the launch of

his book that he had pledged R20 000 towards his former colleague and hoped

the PSL, Safa and corporate world could help Sizwe financially in his hour

of need.

In his time, Motaung also played for St Gallen in Switzerland and earned 49

caps for his country. He was in the glorious 1996 squad that won the

African Nations Cup tournament as right wingback with David Nyathi on the left.

Several former and present Bafana Bafana members, including Phil Masinga,

Mark Fish, Edward Motale, Nkosinathi Nhleko and both Mozambican and

Zimbabwean internationals Benjy Mwaruwari and Tico-Tico Bucuane, have

agreed to play in the benefit game arranged by Jomo Sono.

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