- South Africa has lost another big name in the sport industry
- In a statement on Wednesday, the PSL revealed the death of Mike Mokoena
- The passing of the Free State Stars boss sent shockwaves through Mzansi and soccer fans mourned the loss
Mike Mokoena, the chairman of the Free State Stars, has passed away. The heart-breaking news was shared on Twitter by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in an official statement.
The PSL praised Mokoena and all he had done in the world of soccer, however, they did not reveal the cause of his death.
The statement read:
"“Mr Mike Mokoena, the chairman of Free State Stars Football Club, one of the founding members of the NSL and longstanding member of the executive committee, has departed.
“Our prayers are with the Mokoena family, especially its matriarch, Ausi Joyce Mokoena, who has been a pillar of strength that propped Bra Mike up over the years. Mike Mokoena was a self-made man that took the fruits of his toil, which he could have used for his personal benefit and that of his family, and invested selflessly into football. The Free State Stars payroll that he created and maintained, sometimes under very trying circumstances, is a source of viable livelihood for many.
"Bra Mike was an epitome of practicality. People do not come more practical that Mr Mokoena lived.
"He shone a spotlight on a little-known town in South Africa. He literally put QwaQwa and the town of Bethlehem on the map. The economic activity generated by Free State Stars in that part of our country is a powerful legacy of a passionate man that always maintained that 'Where there is a will, there is a way'.
"Mike Mokoena, through his toil, left this world a better place than he found it. May his soul repose peacefully."
The news saddened South Africans who flooded social media with post in honour of the late Mokoena.
Twitter user, @AndaSobs, commented:
"Yhoo. Condolences to FSS and his family. May his soul rest in peace."
Briefly.co.za learned other soccer clubs also paid tribute to the late Free State Stars boss.
Moroka Swallows wrote:
"Losing a father often means losing a protector, a guiding hand, a best friend, and a superhero. Rest in peace Chairman Mike Mokoena."
Bidvest Wits added:
"We’d like to send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Free State Stars chairman Mr Mike Mokoena following news of his passing. Mr Mokoena was one of the founding members of the NSL and he will be sorely missed."
Our condolences to the family of Mokoena. May his soul rest in peace.
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