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Warrant of arrest for wayward Pirate

By unknown | Feb 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

Orlando Pirates mid-fielder Gift Leremi might be arrested for common assault.

Sowetan yesterday reliably learnt that a warrant of arrest had been issued for Leremi for assaulting a man in Sandton last year.

But Pirate's spokesman Floyd Mbhele said he was not aware of the warrant issued against the soccer star.

"I'm not aware of any warrant," said Mbhele.

Sowetan has learnt that the investigating officer was yesterday expected to visit the soccer star at the Orlando Pirates' training ground and tell him to report to a police station this morning.

The arrest followed an altercation Leremi had with a 24-year-old man on December 19 last year.

Ephraim Memeza, of Berea in Johannesburg, accused the soccer star of assaulting him.

Earlier this year Leremi almost went down on his knees apologising to Memeza.

"I would like to be the bigger man and apologise to Memeza for whatever he claims I did to him. I am not a violent man and I would never intentionally bring my name and that of the club into disrepute," said Leremi

"I have had personal problems that I do not want to share and I am on the path to mending my ways.

"As a result of these problems my performance on the football pitch has also taken a knock."

He said he was apologising so that he could put the matter behind him and focus on his career.

At the time Memeza, a Kaizer Chiefs supporter, was unforgiving.

"I don't accept that apology," he said.

Memeza said the only time he could consider forgiving Leremi was when he would apologise to him, "and not through the newspapers".

Leremi's wayward behaviour has been making newspaper headlines recently.

This week Sowetan reported that his football club stopped his salary after going Awol.

He turned up for training this week.


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