Shock As Free State Stars Boss Mike Mokoena Dies

"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

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Veteran football administrator Mike Mokoena has died. The Premier Soccer League have confirmed the death of a club chairman and founding member of the National Soccer League.

Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza confirmed the death of the long-serving Free State Stars chairman on Wednesday morning.

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“Our prayers are with the Mokoena family‚ especially it’s Ausi Joyce Mokoena who has been a pillar of strength that propped, Bra Mike, up over the years,” Khoza said in a statement.

“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.”

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Mokoena was also a longstanding member of the PSL executive committee and Khoza said he managed to shine a light on his hometown Bethlehem during his many years in football.

“He shined a light on a little known town in South Africa‚” he said.

“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 the country is a powerful legacy of a passionate man that always maintained that “where there is a will‚ there is a way.”

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