Kalamazoo’s ashes to be spread at FNB stadium – Mbalula

2015-03-26 16:01

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The South African Football Association, together with the Department of Sports and Recreation have joined hands in honouring the late Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Mokone.

Mokone (77) died last week in the US after battling poor health.

Safa and the department have agreed to have a joint memorial service for the football legend at the FNB Stadium on April 11.

Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula and Safa president Danny Jordaan today revealed that they would unveil the bust of Mokone at FNB stadium.

Mbalula said Mokone’s ashes would be spread at the stadium as per his wish.

“The stadium will be his last resting place as we will spread his ashes at the stadium. This is what Kalamazoo wanted,” said Mbalula.

He said Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana and the national under-17 team, and PSL and other teams will wear black armbands in honour of Kalamazoo in the coming two weeks.

“We as South Africans must continue where Kalamazoo left off as he was a giant among giants.”

Jordaan also paid tribute to Mokone, saying he had done much for South African football.

“We are here to honour one of the greatest football legends, not only in SA soccer but a global icon,” Jordaan said.

“People in Europe talk more about Kalamazoo than in South Africa. He’s probably the only South African to have scored five goals in one match overseas. He’s the only one I can think of. He has given important lessons to footballers in this country. We want our footballers to have an education and we want to encourage them to move from the field to corporate and that can only be done through education.

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