Limpopo club Marumo Gallants have officially given an update on the two detained duo in Libya. Rufus Matsena and Amos Dhlomo are stuck in Benghazi 15 days after their CAF Confederation Cup match against Al Akhdar.

The two have been used as bait by the Chairman of the club Abram Sello who ows Lybia businessman Dr Ali Elzargha. Elzargha helped the club pay for ticket flights, book accommodation and bought the playing kit during their recent trip to Lybia.

The amount is also reportedly in the region of R 37 000 US dollars (R 700 000). Sello is also reportedly disputing the amount accusing Dr Elzargha of rigging the prices.

In a statement issued on Monday, the club said they are in constant communication with the two officials. They have indicated that they are still safe.

Marumo Gallants say detained officials are safe in Libya
Marumo Gallants ahead of a CAF Confederation Cup match


“Marumo Gallants F.C. management is in communication with relevant officials to resolve the situation in Libya. Involving two of the club’s key employees,” the club said.

“Following the CAF Confederation Cup match against Libya’s Al Akhdar on 19 March 2023. The PSL team’s two staff members (Media Liaison Rufus Matsena and team physiotherapist Tebogo Amos Dhlomo) were detained at a Libyan hotel over a financial dispute.


“Marumo Gallants management are also in contact with the two employees. They have confirmed that they are safe and waiting for the matter to be settled.

“Once the issue has been resolved, the club will address questions and concerns at a media briefing [platform and details to be announced].

“There are no further comments from Marumo Gallants F.C. at this point,” the statement said.


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