Emotional Mokwena pays tribute to Shakoane

Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, paid tribute to the late former PRO Alex Shakoane after last night’s match against Maritzburg United.

Shakoane, who served Mamelodi Sundowns for five decades, passed away on Sunday, 7 May and was laid to rest on Tuesday, 16 May.

“It’s been a roller coaster day,” said Mokwena. “Putting Uncle Alex and accompanying him to his last place of rest was very difficult for this football club. A man who served us with aplomb, who was not afraid at any moment to say he was a die hard Mamelodi Sundowns fan.

“He lived for the Yellow Nation – he served the Yellow Nation. It was only just recently when we shared so many good stories. One of the most important things that I did, was to speak to him and Uncle Trott [Moloto] about what Piano and Shoeshine really means.

“The whole lecture lasted for an hour and I got to understand the style of play that is synonymous with this football club. I’m eternally grateful to him for all the lessons and may his soul rest in peace. When we were crowned champions we walked up to the podium – that is why I was emotional.”
By Zola Doda

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