Ketsekile loses M15k to fraudster

Ketsekile loses M15k to fraudster

MASERU – Lesotho international goalkeeper Samuel Ketsekile lost M15 000 to an unknown fraudster who claimed he would help him secure trials with top South African football club Mamelodi Sundowns. Last Saturday, the case took a weird twist after Ketsekile received a message from yet another unknown person telling him the Sundowns’ goalkeeper Dennis Onyango had promised to pay him back the money.

Two weeks ago, it was reported that Ketsekile had joined Sundowns on a two-year deal only for the story to turn out to be a hoax.
Ketsekile said his nightmare started when he received Onyango’s goalkeeping gloves together with the Ugandan keepers’ contacts through Lesotho national teammate Luciano Matsoso who plays for Black Leopards in South Africa after Likuena and the Cranes played in a pair of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in October.

Ketsekile said he then contacted the number to thank the Ugandan shot-stopper unaware he was chatting to a crook.

After impressing in Lesotho’s 1-0 AFCON qualifying win over Tanzania on November 18 the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) goalkeeper said he was then contacted by the scammer who promised to help him make it in South Africa despite not having an agent or representative.

“(The person I thought was Onyango) sent me clips of our game against Tanzania of chances we created and the ones we missed and asked if I didn’t want to try my luck in South Africa,” Ketsekile told thepost yesterday.

“I told him I don’t have an agent and my age doesn’t allow me to play professional football. He said he would help me and I just need to be there on Wednesday (November 21),” he said.
Ketsekile said the pair agreed to meet at the Vaal Police Station.

But before the Likuena keeper travelled to South Africa the scammer advised him to deposit R4 900 for accommodation during the trials with Sundowns which Ketsekile did.
“Then I went to South Africa and met with a man who said we should go to the bank and open a bank account and while I was still in the queue he said he was going to Total Sports to look for some things and when it was my turn to be helped (at the bank) he was nowhere to be seen,” Ketsekile said.

“I returned to my car to find that my driver’s licence, ID, phone, employment ID, shoes, clothes, money and my car sound were missing.”
Ketsekile added: “This person used my phone to call people (telling them) that I needed help and they should send money and about five people sent the money. Lucky enough for me I had enough petrol to get back home. Now last Saturday I received a message (saying) that Onyango has vowed to pay back everything I lost.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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