For­mer foot­ball star shot dead

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

For­mer Arse­nal Foot­ball Club star Pul­ing Pul­ing was shot dead on mon­day night at his Qoal­ing home, al­legedly fol­low­ing a land dis­pute.

Ac­cord­ing to sources close to the mat­ter, the for­mer goal­keeper was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter the shoot­ing where he un­for­tu­nately passed away the same night.

Po­lice spokesper­son Clifford molefe con­firmed Pul­ing’s death, adding a sus­pect had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the killing.

“We ar­rested the sus­pect on the same night of the shoot­ing.

“It is sus­pected the two men were fight­ing over land, but it’s too early for me to re­lease in­for­ma­tion about the mat­ter as this might jeop­ar­dize po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Se­nior In­spec­tor molefe said on Tues­day.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the sources who spoke to the Le­sotho Times on con­di­tion of anonymity, the sus­pect al­legedly bought land from the Pul­ing fam­ily, but only paid part of the price.

Af­ter fail­ing to set­tle the bal­ance, Pul­ing is said to have in­formed the sus­pect that he would be re­im­bursed his money and also that the deal would be can­celled, the sources fur­ther said.

“on mon­day evening, Pul­ing was on the piece of land in ques­tion in Qoal­ing, work­ing on it.

“The sus­pect passed by with­out say­ing a word and came back a few min­utes later with a firearm and shot Pul­ing right in the head. He was rushed to hos­pi­tal where he un­for­tu­nately died,” one of the sources said.

Mean­while, Pul­ing’s ex-team­mate, Teele Ntšonyane, said the now-de­ceased was “a man of hon­our” and re­spect­ful both on and off the foot­ball pitch.

“I found Pul­ing at Arse­nal (in the 90s) when I joined the team and one of the big­gest char­ac­ter­is­tics he pos­sessed was the abil­ity to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one re­gard­less of their sta­tus.

“He gave ev­ery­one the same re­spect and in re­turn, we would feel obliged to do the same,” mr Ntšonyane said.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate that such “a beau­ti­ful soul” was now gone.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear when the sus­pect would ap­pear in court.

Pul­ing was now em­ployed at a lo­cal min­ing firm.

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