The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has paid tribute to former national team coach David Bright who has died at the age of 64.
BFA, in a statement on its website on Tuesday, said the football community and stakeholders are reeling in shock and mourning the death of Major Bright who passed away on Monday evening after contracting COVID-19.
Bright, popularly known as Fakude, was considered to be one of Botswana’s most successful coaches.
“Shedding tears when someone dies is normal, but I think more people than normal are shedding tears over this, and I think they’re shedding more than normal. I think that’s just because of the way Major Bright lived his life, so positive, so influential, and just doing things the right way even when faced with some of the most long odds imaginable,” said Maclean Letshwiti, BFA President.
Major Bright left his mark on the game. A former head national coach, Major Bright helped some players start their journey into the professionals.
“What a man! Father to many who touched a lot of lives. He was tough as a nut even in his final days. I know he would never have wanted anybody to feel sorry for him. He was a true soldier who died with his boots on. We will meet on the other side. Rest, rest Zombie.” said Masego Ntshingane, BFA VP2.
His eldest son, Mogomotsi Bright said, “You have done your part dad. I will celebrate you for a job well done. You did what God sent you to do. You served the nation wholeheartedly. In the army you trained soldiers and you helped in the development of Botswana football. Go and rest with other legends, the likes of Maradona, the Jonas Gwangwas, your friend Oupa Hugh Masekela and others. Amandla Fakude Amandla, Republic Madala. my kind David, I learnt a lot from you.”
After Bright’s passing Monday evening, Mogomotsi said the family continue to receive an outpour of support.
For him, that goes to show the legacy that Bright will leave behind.
“He was one of the greatest people you’ll ever meet,” said the young Bright.
Bright – a retired Botswana Defence Force (BDF) member was born on June 13, 1956, who during his 13-year spell with Mogoditshane Fighters, led the team to three consecutive Botswana Premier League (BPL) titles between 1999 and 2001.
He also coached South African clubs: Engen Santos, Bay United, Royal Eagles and Black Leopards. In Botswana, he coached the likes of Mogoditshane Fighters, BDF XI, Township Rollers, Gaborone United, Holy Ghost, Morupule Wanderers and Sua Flamingoes.
His spell with the Botswana senior national team, The Zebras ran between the years of 1997-98, 1999, 2000, until 2017-2019.
He was also remarkable with the national Under-23 men’s team, which finished in the group stages of and missed out on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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