Pelembe to play despite mugging
Mamelodi Sundowns winger Elias Pelembe Dominquez will be going to Morocco with his country’s national team at the weekend despite being traumatised by a burglary and assault that left him unable to play last Saturday.
Dominquez was named in the final 22-man squad that meets Morocco in Marrakesh this Saturday seeking to win a place in next year’s finals in South Africa.
Mozambique have a 2-0 lead from the first leg that included a last minute goal from the South African-based payer.
But he did not compete in the Premier Soccer League last weekend after requesting to be left out of the home game against Platinum Stars, that Sundowns lost 0-1 to continue their crisis of confidence.
He had been held up and assaulted in his home and allegedly had a large amount of cash stolen. Team mate Clayton Daniels had his car stolen in the same incident.
Dominquez is one of five foreign-based players that the Mambas have chosen to travel to Morocco.
They are preparing in Lisbon this week before heading to Marrakesh for the match on Saturday night.
The others include Mexer from Nacional in Portugal; Romania-based fullback Paito; forward Jerry from Oeiars in lower leagues in Portugal and midfielder Simao, who plays his club football in China.