Mzwandile Mekuto decribed as community builder in sport

2019-01-09 06:00
SAFA national official Mzimkhulu Fina and Simphiwe Sijaji rendered speeches during Mzwandile Mekuto’s funeral service.              Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

SAFA national official Mzimkhulu Fina and Simphiwe Sijaji rendered speeches during Mzwandile Mekuto’s funeral service. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

ALL speakers at the funeral service of NU 7 Citizens founder and president, the late Mzwandile Mekuto, in Motherwell on Saturday, described him as a community builder who had left an indelible mark in soccer.

Mekuto passed away on December 22, 2018 after a short illness.

Citizens’ former player, Simphiwe Spider Sijaji, told the hundreds of mourners that Mekuto, who was affectionately called Sikhulu or Bawo uKhumalo, saved hundreds of youth from perishing by establishing the NU 7 Citizens FC more than 25 years ago.

Sijaji said that Mekuto used his house as their clubhouse.

“Sikhulu accommodated us in his house when we held club meetings and gathering together. He dug deep into his pocket to run the club.

“He treated us as his own children. He was good at developing players because he produced many stars that went on to play for teams like Orlando Pirates, Blackburn Rovers and FC Buffalo. He was very strict and he could deal with ill-disciplined players”, said Sijaji.

Citizens’ legend, Melumzi Norushu, also shared the same sentiments of Sijaji.

“Sikhulu was passionate about education. He wanted all the players to be educated. Today, lots of the club’s players pursued their studies because of the good influence of Bawo uKhumalo,” said Norushu who added that death had robbed Motherwell of a community builder.

SAFA national official and former president, Mzimkhulu Fina, said that Mekuto was a true community servant who dedicated his life to developing the youth, particularly in sport.

Fina described Mekuto as an approachable leader and disciplinarian who did not compromise on discipline. Fina said, “I have dealt with a down-to-earth leader who had a vision all the time. He was also a flexible man who was straight-forward. We lost a man with good leadership qualities.”

Mekuto, who was buried at Motherwell Cemetery, is survived by his wife, son, two brothers, sister and his grandchildren.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 

Enter the examination number or search by province or school (NSC Students) to view results.

/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.