KOKSTAD football players and supporters are mourning the death of Eric Ndamse who is the former president of the Greater Kokstad Local Football Association and the founder of Eastern Rangers Football Club.
Ndamse’s sudden death came as a shock during a tough time as his team Eastern Rangers FC is preparing for provincial play-offs this month.
Eastern Rangers FC is the only team in Harry Gwala District that is going to participate in the provincial play-offs.
Mkhuseli Sporo Sentane, who is the team coach, said he is saddened by the death of Ndamse especially this period of preparing for provincial games.
“The players’ spirit is very low at the moment but we are going to make sure that we play hard to honor him. He was everything to his players.”
Ndamse was the first person to establish a ladies soccer team in Kokstad and his team has produced players that are playing in the national ladies’ team, Banyana Banyana.
Greater Kokstad Local Football Association secretary Lubabalo Gugwana described Ndamse as a person who contributed in the development of sport in Kokstad.
“Ndamse was part of people that were pushing government to renovate Bongweni Stadium.”
His funeral service is on Saturday at Bongweni Stadium according to the family spokesperson Chris Mamkeli.