- South Africans are mourning the passing of Johannes 'Ryder' Mofokeng
- The former Kaizer Chiefs captain was the longest-serving for the SA team
- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is just one of the many that expressed his sorrow over the news
Former Kaizer Chiefs captain Johannes 'Ryder' Mofokeng has passed away according to a statement issued by the club.
The team confirmed the passing of the team's longest-serving captain on Saturday:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our legend and longest serving Kaizer Chiefs captain Johannes ‘Ryder’ Mofokeng."
The chairman of the club has sent his wishes to the family and friends of the soccer icon:
“The Chairman has on behalf of the Club expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends. Robala ka kgotso Phoka.”
Mofokeng played for Kaizer Chiefs during the team's 'golden era' which saw him serving as captain for over a decade and winning four NPSL titles, in addition to a quadruple in 1981.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula expressed his condolences over Mofokeng's passing, commenting that:
"Rest easy "Staff Ryder" condolences to his family and Kaizer Chiefs."
Take a look at just a few reactions from social media below:
@AndiMakinana: "May his soul Rest In Peace!"
@HermaineM: "Rest in Peace Ntate Kgotso."
@hlubizer: "Rest in peace captain fantastic. The only player in our professional football to captain same team for 11 glorious years. Thank you for your contribution to beautiful game."
@PasekaTsoaela: "Meanwhile he was staying ko Pimville wayback, he gave all selection park children a chance for trails at Kaizer Chiefs. This is a big loss to us and condolences to Chiefs, fans and family."
@ThaboInc: "May the soul of Oom Ryder RIP."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that it turns out that South Africa's Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, has other passions besides overly garlicky food and tinned fish.
Minister Tito also loves football team Kaizer Chiefs and he seems to have the worlds faith in them. Minister Tito recently headed to his Twitter page to wholeheartedly endorse the yellow and black team with a heartfelt tweet about how they are going to secure a win during every match that they play in 2021.
"We are going to win every competition in 2021. Those Sea Robbers will be taught a lesson. They can enjoy for a short while. And they are noisy. We are measured and classy! Ja!!," said Mboweni after Orlando Pirates secured themselves a trophy last weekend.
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