Young soccer star laid to rest

2016-10-19 06:00
KABELO QABALATSANE

KABELO QABALATSANE

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THE football fraternity in Mangaung paid their last respects to teenage player Kabelo Qabalatsane who died in Pretoria during the u.17 Engen Champ of Champs Tournament.

He was buried on Saturday (15/10) in his hometown of Botshabelo.

Kabelo had gone to Pretoria with his team Roo Stars which participated in the national Engen Champ of Champs staged in Pretoria over the weekend of 7 and 8 October.

The team qualified for the youth tournament as this year’s winner of the Free State leg of the boys’ competition.

Kabelo reportedly collapsed shortly after he was replaced in the opening fixture of the two-day competition.

He died later on the same day after doctors at the Steve Biko Memorial Hospital could not resuscitate him.

“The youngster could not make it, despite receiving medical attention from the match doctor who was on site and in spite of being immediately admitted to the Steve Biko Memorial Hospital,” said Stan Matthews, chief executive officer of the host club, SuperSport United.

Upon hearing about the unfortunate death of the player, Matthews said that as a mark of respect to the family and the soccer fraternity, they had decided to discontinue the junior tournament that took place at the Tuks sports grounds after consultation with all the teams taking part.

At this stage it is unclear what the cause of Kabelo’s death was.

The teenager who will be missed by his peers was a learner at the Setjhaba Se Maketse Secondary School in Botshabelo.

His club is currently campaigning in the junior rank of the Interstate Bus Lines Promotion League under the auspices of the Mangaung branch of the South African Football Association (Safa).

Kabelo was touted as a promising star player and was promoted by his club from the junior rank to the senior division.

He was the young brother of Nathanial November, who had stints with Bloemfontein Young Tigers, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United.

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