Sports activist remembered

2016-06-24 06:00
Yola Jafta was at the service. Photo: sourced

Yola Jafta was at the service. Photo: sourced

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FORMER Banyana Banyana footballer, Yola Jafta (25), couldn’t hold back tears as she shared her story with Fever about the late Kokstad sport activist, Eric Ndamse.

Ndamse’s funeral service was held at Riverview stadium last Saturday.

“I joined Ndamse’s ladies soccer team in 2002. He organised for me to attend Banyana Banyana selections in 2006 and I was selected for the U17 team. Through Ndamse’s incentive words I was promoted to play for senior team in 2009.”

Jafta is currently studying at university, but said she would continue with football after she graduates.

Ndamse was described as the first person to establish ladies soccer in Kokstad and was passionate about sport. He also formed Eastern Rangers FC in Kokstad.

Thozamile Lugayeni, the regional president of South African Football Association (Safa) in Harry Gwala described Ndamse as a sports developer who wanted to keep the youth away drugs and crime.

“Safa has lost two sport activists in two weeks. Recently we buried Urban de Kok who was the Caf coach and now we are mourning Ndamse’s death. I want to encourage Eastern Rangers players to play hard during play-offs to fulfill Ndamse’s wishes.”

Ndamse’s casket was covered with a yellow Kaizer Chiefs blanket at the funeral service.

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