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By unknown | Oct 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Condolences are pouring in for the late Freddie "Nyawana" Mashile, who died at his home last weekend.

Mashile, a die-hard Orlando Pirates supporter who attended almost all their matches countrywide, died of kidney failure.

Pirates spokesman Mickey Modisane said Mashile will be deeply missed, particularly in the football fraternity.

"Back in the early 1990s he used to be energetic and a common sight at our matches. He used to make people enjoy the games with his antics. We appeal to all Bucs supporters to attend his funeral to ensure he gets a proper sendoff."

Moroka Swallows general manager Sipho Xulu said: "We extend our condolences to his family and to Pirates. Nyawana will never be forgotten by the football fraternity. It is unfortunate that when the 2010 Fifa World Cup comes, he will not be there."

Free State Stars manager Rantsi Mokoena said: "His death has come as a shock to us because he used to bring some elements of excitement to our game."

SuperSport United's PRO David Skhosana said: "Although he was disabled, he used to follow his favourite side, Pirates, to almost all their games. Our condolences to his family and to Pirates."

Wits University's manager George Mogotsi said: "He was a true supporter of football. I knew Nyawana for over 30 years because he used to attend our games, whether it was winter or summer. He used to support any team, although he was a Pirates [fan]."

Kaizer Chiefs also sent their condolences.

Mashile, of 6037 Nthorwane Street, Thokoza, will be buried at the Kromvlei Cemetery on Saturday. The service will be held at the Baptist Church from 10am and the cortege leaves for the cemetery at 1pm.


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