- The first Chief Executive Officer of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Trevor Phillips has died
- The PSL released a statement on their website and shared posts on their social media in honour of Phillips
- South African football fans shared tributes to Phillips and condolences for his family
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the passing of their first Chief Executive Officer Trevor "British Bulldog" Phillips. The PSL shared a post to their Twitter account passing their condolences to Phillips' family.
There has been no confirmation on the cause of Phillips' death at this time. The PSL stated that they would observe a moment of silence ahead of this week’s DStv Premiership and GladAfrica Championship fixtures.
Phillips would have been in his late 70s at the time of his death.
A 2006 report by News24 stated that the then 64-year-old Englishmen would be leaving his position as CEO of the PSL. A report by TimesLive stated that Phillip's was replaced as CEO in 2007 by Norwegian Kjetil Siem.
The PSL's media statement received a ton of responses from South African soccer fans on Twitter. Take a look at their posts below:
Briefly.co.za compiled a few of the fan responses to the news of Phillips' death:
"RIP Mr Trevor Phillips. SA football grew in leaps and bounds under your leadership. Your tenure was turning point in the professionalisation of football in this country. Rest well, Sir."
"Mr Trevor Phillips was so successful as a PSL CEO... He has contributed so much to our football...The first CEO of the PSL but he excelled in his job... Condolences to his family & Friends... May his soul Rest In Peace. #RIPTrevorPhillips."
"His immense contribution to our present-day soccer standard cannot go unnoticed. RIP "Bulldog"!"
@lizwi_7 responded with:
"Sad day indeed, this man helped shape South African football especially in our successful era."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on the passing of gospel icon Israel Mosehla. His wife Millicent Mosehla confirmed his death on Monday morning. Tributes have been pouring in online for the gospel legend after the news of his death hit social media.
The Soweto-born singer was just 50 years old at the time of his death. Reports say both of Israel's parents were preachers and musicians which is how he ended up in the gospel world. Israel was also part of a gospel group before he went on his own.
Details surrounding his death have not yet been made public.
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