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PSL pay tribute to Free State Stars chairman Mike Mokoena

PSL pay tribute to Free State Stars chairman Mike Mokoena - Sports Leo

The Premier Soccer League  (PSL) on Wednesday confirmed the death of Free State Stars chairman Mike Mokoena.

Mokoena was one of the founding members of the National Soccer League which later became the PSL. Mokoena’s cause of death has not been disclosed.

The PSL made the following statement: “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 shined a spotlight on a little known town in South Africa. He literally put Qwa Qwa 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.”

Kaizer Chiefs also paid tribute to Mokoena, saying: “Chairman Kaizer Motaung has extended his heartfelt condolences to Mokoena family. Motaung reacted with shock to the news of the passing of FS Stars Chairman Mr Mike Mokoena. He describes Mokoena as a long time colleague in football & a friend. Ha moya wa hae o phomole ka kgotso!”

Orlando Pirates said: “Orlando Pirates is saddened by the passing of South African Football Giant and one of the Founding Fathers of the League – Mike Mokoena.

On behalf of Chairman Dr Khoza and the Orlando Pirates family, we convey our deepest sympathy to the Mokoena family.”

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