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Botswana FA, Others Pay Tribute to Late Coach Bright

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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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Kaizer Chiefs Make Historic Champions League Qualification

Kaizer Chiefs, South African champions have made it to the grandest stage of club football in Africa for the first time

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South African Premier Soccer League champions, Kaizer Chiefs have made it to the group stage of the CAF Champions League for the first time.

Chiefs defeated Angola’s Primeiro D’Agosto over two legs with a slim 1-0 margin.

The Blacks and Yellows have enjoyed a historic qualification, joining local rivals, Mamelodi Sundowns in the group stage.

Chiefs are also the first South African team to beat Primeiro in Luanda. Facing a hard to break Anglian side, Gavin Hunt’s team finally broke the deadlock when star man Khama Billiat released Leonardo Castro to score the only, but all-important goal of the encounter.

South Africa is well represented in CAF this year with both the Soweto giants and Sundowns making it to the group stage. Also, Al Ahly, managed by Pitso Mosimane, South African, have progressed to the group stage.

South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, who is also the Chairman of Mamelodi Sundowns is also gunning to be CAF President in an election slated for March 2021.

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Ex-Athletics South Africa President, Leonard Chuene, Dies at 68

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Leonard Chuene, a former president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), is dead.

He was 68-years-old.

Chuene, a former marathoner, achieved his best time of 07:19:25 in the 1991 Comrades Marathon down run at the age of 38

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), in a statement, said it was saddened by his death.

“The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the tragic passing of Comrades Marathon honorary member, green number runner and former Athletics SA president Leonard Chuene. He was 68 years old,” the association said in a statement.

“Leonard completed 12 Comrades Marathons between 1987 and 2000, earning 11 bronze medals and one silver medal. He achieved his best time of 07:19:25 in the 1991 Comrades Marathon down run at the age of 38.

“Leonard ran for the Diepkloof Athletic Club, of which he was also a long-standing chairperson; as well as being a member of the Central Gauteng Blind Sports in later years.

“He was also credited with founding the Soweto Marathon, along with athletics administrator Banele Sindani and development officer Boycie Ntlwane.

“Leonard was honoured with CMA honorary life membership at the 2002 Spirit of Comrades Awards gala, alongside long-serving volunteer Theo Millar, who was awarded life membership, and current CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn, awarded life membership with honours.”

CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn was quoted as saying: “We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of a true Comrade, Leonard Chuene. His passion for the Comrades Marathon and running in general will be remembered by many, as well as his contribution to athletics during his lengthy tenure at our athletics federation, ASA. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time.”

Chuene was replaced as ASA president by James Evans in July 2011.

The position was left vacant after the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) found Chuene and former ASA vice-president Kakata Maponyane guilty of financial impropriety in February.

Chuene was banned from involvement in any sport under the jurisdiction of Sascoc for seven years, while Maponyane was handed a five-year ban.

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Slain South African Star Meyiwa’s Tombstone Vandalised

Meyiwa was gunned down in 2014 by assailants at the home of his then-girlfriend, actress Kelly Khumalo.

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The memorial tombstone of late former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been vandalised.

It was unveiled on November 10 at Chesterville Heroes Acre cemetery by SAFA president Dr. Danny Jordaan and other Bafana Bafana players.

Meyiwa was gunned down in 2014 by assailants at the home of his then-girlfriend, actress Kelly Khumalo.  South Africa football Association (SAFA) launched an investigation into the matter after pictures of the desecrated monument flooded social media revealing the full destruction caused by the vandals.

SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi who expressed disappointments, vowed to unravel the faces behind this invasion.

“We’ve learned about this with disappointment and disgust at the news. We are so disappointed by the lack of respect shown to our former Bafana Bafana captain,” 

“It’s a disgrace that people don’t respect cemeteries. We will get more information and take it from there. It’s really disappointing.”

On the 26th of October 2020, South African Minister of Police Bheki Cele confirmed the arrest of five suspects linked with Meyiwa’s murder.

Cele announced in an official statement that SAPS have a ‘watertight’ case and evidence against the five unnamed suspects, who were detained same day.

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