2015-04-30 16:49

LET me rather not say anything about the death of brilliant former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder John “Shoes”Moshoeu who was buried on Freedom Day.

My heart is too broken to go down that memory lane again. Just to hear that he was no more was a huge blow to all the South Africans.

While we were still shocked about the sudden death of Shoes, a few days later the Greater Pietermaritzburg residents woke up to other sad news when it was announced that Safa UMgungundlovu president Eric “Silver Fox” Mtshatsha had also died.

I am very fortunate to have known Mtshatsha from an early age when I was a young boy in Edendale HP and Nichols LP schools.

The same man also worked with my mother at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Scottsville. I remember Mtshatsha when he started as an executive member of the old Edendale FA at Wadley Stadium and Msunduzi FA in Ashdown. He was also one of the managers of Hellenic that ended up playing in the old Zambuk League.

This man also served in structures of the old NPSL, NSL and Sanfa. He was lucky when the new-look SA soccer took shape under the current Safa.

The late Alfred Qokololo Hlope, Poobie Govindansamy and Mtshatsha were some of the local officials who served as executive members at national level during the old Natal Midlands FA days.

I am also aware that some people won’t feel the same and it is their views that need to be respected, but I think Mtshatsha served soccer for his entire life. He also refused to step down when things were stormy in local soccer.

It is unfortunate that the “Silver Fox” died when there were on-going problems in local circles, and unity needed to be achieved.

The best and perfect venue for Tata Mtshatsha’s funeral should be Edendale’s Wadley Stadium where it all started. Mtshatsha’s soccer administration career officially started at Wadley­ and his final journey must end at the same place. May his soul rest in peace.

• Local soccer suffered a double blow over the weekend. It was also announced that former AmaZulu official and Swift Swallows (Imbali) Harold Kwitshana had also died.

Funeral arrangements of the two officials will be announced soon.


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