Steve Komphela honours his late 'father' in touching heartfelt tribute

Steve Komphela honours his late 'father' in touching heartfelt tribute

- Steve Kompehela paid tribute to his mentor and father figure, Mike Mokoena

- The Ea Lla Koto chairperson passed away after losing his battle with cancer

- Komphela credits Mokoena for making him the man he is today

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Free State Stars coach Steve Komphela has honoured Ea Lla Koto chairperson Mike Mokoena, who passed away yesterday. He regarded his former mentor as a father.

The two shared a father-son relationship which dates back to 1989 when Komphela was with the Stars as a player and captain.

Mokoena lost his battle with cancer and was receiving treatment for the disease at Sandton's Oncology Clinic.

He was one of the founding members of the National Soccer League (NSL). Sowetan reported on how Komphela reacted to the passing of his 'father'.

"I have just lost my father. Ntate Mokoena was like my biological father... he remains my father even when he's passed away. I am the man I am today because of him," Komphela told Sowetan yesterday.

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In other news, reported that Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela is renowned for being a good tactician, but also for his analysis of the beautiful game.

The former Kaizer Chiefs mentor is a student of the game and has become known for some of his detailed and deep post-match interviews.

True to form, Komphela shared a video via Twitter and it included a powerful message - not applicable to only sport, but to life in general.

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