The forward of Angolan origins and Swiss passport, with a past in Italy (Palermo, Entella and Trapani) disappeared after Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Lazio in the Conference League
Just five days ago he was on the pitch for 70 minutes in the Conference League playoff against Lazio. The 0-0 final, combined with the 1-0 suffered at the Olimpico in the match that saw him play the last 29 minutes on 16 February, sanctioned the elimination of his native Cluj. This is the recent history of Cephas Malele.
29-year-old striker, born in Angola in Buco-Zau and moved to Zurich in Switzerland at a young age. Now he is in Cluj. Or rather he was at the Romanian club until last Thursday. Because in the hours following the challenge with the biancocelesti, all traces of him were lost. At least around the club. Why? This 185cm Marcantonio reportedly complained to his relatives that he was the target of racist messages from Romanian fans. This would be the main reason for her…abandonment of him. But there is something else: the bad relationship with coach Dan Petrescu. Reasons why he moved away from clubs and cities to never return. Although he has another four months on his contract following the loan deal Cluj made with Saudi club owner Al Tai.
While awaiting developments in a story that is still nebulous, it should be remembered that Malele also played in Italy. He arrived in Palermo in the summer of 2011 and played around sixty matches for the Rosanero Primavera. During the 2012-13 season, the coach Gian Piero Gasperini – who took over from Giuseppe Sannino and replaced by Alberto Malesani, before being recalled by the patron Maurizio Zamparini and once again alternated with Sannino – made him debut in Serie A in the last quarter now of the match lost in Parma (2-1) on 6 January 2013. After six total appearances for the first team, in July 2014 he went on loan to Entella and in January 2015 to Trapani, also on loan. About thirty total appearances for him, before his farewell to Italy. Even if Palermo held the card until the summer of 2017.
February 28 – 17:13
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