Tributes pour in for Lolo

2015-10-29 06:00
GONE TOO SOON: Cecil Lolo (left) fighting for the ball with Marc Van Heerden in a league match in the 2013-’14 season. Lolo passed away in a car crash.  Photo:  Chris Ricco

GONE TOO SOON: Cecil Lolo (left) fighting for the ball with Marc Van Heerden in a league match in the 2013-’14 season. Lolo passed away in a car crash. Photo: Chris Ricco

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TRIBUTES have been pouring in for the Ajax Cape Town defender, Cecil Lolo, who was killed in a car accident on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old, who made his PSL debut back in 2010, helped the Urban War­riors win the MTN 8 Cup – beating Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 0 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, in September.

“We are devastated by the news. It is a great loss. We have lost a brother,” commented Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kaizer chiefs skipper.

“On behalf of the team, I send our deepest condolences to Lolo’s family and Ajax Cape Town. As players, we are opponents on the field and one as a people,” Tshabalala said.

Thomas Sitsholwane, a die-hard Ajax fan, said he was gutted by the sudden death of Lolo.

“We’re very sad to lose someone like that, especially now when his performance was starting to pick up and his aim was actually to also be selected in the national team by Shakes Mashaba. Lolo was outstanding,” said Sitsholwane.

“He will be sorely missed by the Ajax Cape Town fraternity,” he added.

Ajax Cape Town CEO, Ari Efstathiou, said they will miss their “brave warrior”.

“We will miss him terribly, all of us, his team mates, the kids in the academy, the staff and all our supporters. It’s a void that just can’t be filled.

“The only motivation that is left is that we dedicate the season to him and make sure that his memory is remembered in the success of this 2015 season,” said Efstathiou. “Watch us from above and guide us like you did when you were with us. Your laughter and wonderful personality will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace our warrior,” he said.

Meanwhile, Max Tshabalala, chairman of Bloemfontein Celtic, said Lolo’s untimely death has robbed the country of a brilliant talent.

“Hearing such shocking news this morning (Sunday) left me confused and I felt numb, just thinking of the talent Lolo possessed,” he said.

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