Lolo to live in memories forever

2015-11-05 06:00
 Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou (left) retiring jersey 21 while coach Roger De Sa was at pains during a memorial service held at Thusong Centre.                PHOTOS: lindile mbontsi

Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou (left) retiring jersey 21 while coach Roger De Sa was at pains during a memorial service held at Thusong Centre. PHOTOS: lindile mbontsi

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In show of respect and admiration for their deceased player, Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou, announced that Block 117 at Cape Town Stadium will be renamed ‘The Cecil Lolo - Khayelitsha Stand’ on match days.

This comes after the tragic passing of Urban Warriors defender Sonwabile Cecil Lolo in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning on October 25.

Block 117 at Cape Town Stadium has become the home of all Urban Warriors for every home match.

“While we may no longer have Cecil Lolo on the field with us, this is the ideal way to have his presence with us at every home match,” said the club’s official website.

In addition, the club will also be retiring the number 21 jersey in Lolo’s honour.

Lolo’s official memorial service was held at the Thusong Hall in Khayelitsha on Friday, October 30 with the entire Ajax Cape Town family in attendance.

Efstathiou also urged the fans and especially the Khayelitsha community to come out and support the team when they play home starting with the Orlando Pirates game held last night as the teams hopes to harness the memory of their former teammate.

The stand will be called “The Cecil Lolo Khayelitsha Stand” and is specifically for the community of Khayelitsha where Lolo grew up and lived at the time of his passing.

Friends, family and teammates of the late Ajax Cape Town defender, Cecil Lolo, say he was respected in his community and one of the country’s brightest soccer stars.

Lolo died in a car crash in Khayelitsha earlier this month.

Mourners, including the Ajax Cape Town squad, attended the memorial in Khayelitsha.

Ajax captain Travis Graham delivered a heartfelt eulogy, remembering the good times spent with his teammate on and off the field.

Ajax fans in the congregation spoke fondly of the footballer’s exploits on the field, saying he was a fearless player who always played with passion.

Lolo’s funeral service will take place on Sunday in the village of Centane in the Eastern Cape.

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