SAFA Mourn Loss Of Legendary Sporting Official

PICTURE: Soccer Laduma

By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: SAFA has expressed its heartache from the passing of retired SAFA match commissioner. 

The former official, who was professional assistant referee and referee instructor Mr Washington “DK” Mokgadi following his death on the past weekend. He was 79 years old at the time of his passing battled with a long illness which took his life on Saturday, 7 April 2018. South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO Dennis Mumble says the governing body is shattered by his passing.

The official who hails from Mangaung in the Free State Province was the oldest volunteer during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and was well known for his passion, love and dedication for sport.“We are deeply saddened by his passing and would like to wish his family strength during these difficult times.

We also hope the entire sports family will be comforted. May his soul rest in peace,” he concluded.“The South African Football fraternity has lost a giant. Here was a man who lived his life servicing others. He lived for sports and was one of the most recognised sportsmen whose expertise varied from being a referee, a trainer and a coach of football, tennis and netball. He was one can call an all-rounder,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble on their website.

Funeral arrangements for the legendary official are still being finalised and will be communicated once completed.