Malawi national football team attacker, Richard Mbulu, experienced South Africa’s high crime rate first hand when thugs attacked him as he was coming from a Covid-19 test in Ga Mphahlele, Limpopo Province.
Mbulu went for the test ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semifinal match between his South Africa Premier Soccer League club Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic.
The former Mafco goal poacher said he was in the company of two teammates when the incident happened on Tuesday morning as he stopped at a shop to buy food.
“As I came out of the shop after buying the food, I went back to my car. Just as I was about to close the door, six men jumped on me. They grabbed my hand and demanded money. When I told them I don’t have money, they demanded that I give them my phone.
“I wrestled with them as they went for my phones. Upon realising that the thugs meant business, my teammates advised me to surrender phones. They told me that under such circumstances, the thugs would end up shooting me. We reported the incident to the police who are conducting investigations,” Mbulu said.
He, however, said the incident has not affected his morale for the cup game.
“I will keep going so that I help my team in the semi-final match. Of course I sustained some injuries here and there but this has not distracted me from my goal of contributing to my team’s success. I am ready to give my all during the match,” Mbulu said.
Mbulu signed a three-year deal for Baroka in June last year to team up with compatriot Gerald Phiri Junior.
The striker came on the scene in the 2016 TNM Super League where he scooped the golden boot award with 19 goals.