Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

A South African foot­ball agent, Alpheus Thantsha, has been ac­cused of scam­ming an aspir­ing foot­baller of R5000.

Ha­keem Mo­hamed says he was in­tro­duced to Thantsha by his for­mer team­mate at Polok­wane City’s Mul­tiChoice Diski Chal­lenge team.

“I have been scammed by a guy called Alpheus Thantsha who is an agent. I have looked up and I re­alise that I am not the first per­son to be scammed by him. There are other peo­ple that were scammed by this guy and have posted on Twit­ter and Face­book about him. I would like to warn other peo­ple about him,” said Mo­hamed.

“I was play­ing for the Polok­wane City MDC team, but I wasn’t happy there. I was try­ing to get a bet­ter deal else­where. One of my for­mer team­mates in­tro­duced me to Alpheus. I told Alpheus that I am from Cape Town and he said to me that he knows peo­ple and clubs in Cape Town. We spoke about the pos­si­bil­ity of him find­ing me a team.

“He said he was go­ing to or­gan­ise for me to join ei­ther Cape Town City or Stel­len­bosch FC. He later told me that Cape Town City were done with sign­ing play­ers and the club that he was still ne­go­ti­at­ing with was Stel­len­bosch. I gave him R5 000. He didn’t get me a club. He has been send­ing me from pil­lar to post.

“I told him I want my money. He said I should give him my bank­ing de­tails as he was go­ing to re­fund me. He hasn’t done that. I told him that I could see that the whole thing wasn’t work­ing and he should just give me my money back and I would pull out of the deal,” added the young­ster.

Con­tacted for com­ment, Thantsha has de­nied any knowl­edge of Mo­hamed.

“I have not dealt with any player from Cape Town re­cently. I deal with play­ers from around Jo’burg most of the time and Cape Town is not my hunt­ing ground. I don’t know what th­ese things said about me are about. Re­cently there were re­ports that I was in Bloem­fontein, but I wasn’t there.

“I have re­alised that my old cell­phone num­ber that I used to have is still op­er­at­ing from some­where. Some­body is us­ing that phone to com­mit some fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties. There are so many fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing and my name is be­ing used. I don’t want any­thing to do with foot­ball at the mo­ment,” said Thantsha.

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