Stellenbosch Football Club

Jabaar pens heartfelt farewell to Stellies faithful


Ibraheem Jabaar has penned a heartfelt farewell to the Stellies faithful following his move to Israeli side Maccabi Petah Tikva.

Jabaar on Thursday completed a move to Israel where he was unveiled as a new signing by top-flight side, Maccabi Petah Tikva, ending his two-and-a-half-year affiliation with Stellenbosch FC.

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The Nigerian midfielder joined Stellies in 2021 at the age of 18 and went on to make 70 appearances for the club across all competitions, famously winning the SFC Young Player of the Year award last year.

Following his departure, Jabaar was quick to share his gratitude to the club’s staff and supporters, as well as his former teammates, in an heartfelt letter shared across his social media platforms.

“Dear Stellies, I came here as a boy in 2021 searching for greener pastures and the opportunity to play regular football at a competitive level following the conclusion of the U-17 World Cup. Now I am leaving as a young man,” he wrote.

“I found a family that nurtured my growth and believed in me. From the non-coaching staff to the coaching staff, I am immensely grateful for all you have done for me. To my teammates, I am proud of the battles we fought together, win, lose or draw.

“Whenever I walk out of the dugout at Danie Craven, I get overwhelmed with emotions knowing that I am living my dream and fulfilling my passion of playing this spot at the highest level.

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“The time has come to go live another dream. I will always carry the Maroon in my heart. With utmost gratitude, Ibraheem Jabaar.”

The club would once again like to thank Jabaar for his humility, passion and dedication, both on and off the field of play, and wish him all of the best as he embarks on this exciting new challenge in European football.