Soccer will miss Meadow Molala

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Soccer ran in the Molala family.

Moshito Meadow Molala, one of the most enterprising footballers of yesteryear, has passed on.

Like his younger brother Patrick "Let Them Dance" Molala, Meadow was one of the most outstanding players in the country.

Unfortunately, he never played professional football because back then, there were limited opportunities for black people.

But apartheid did not hold him back.

Instead he became arguably one of the country's best amateur midfielders during his playing days.

Molala was born at Mooiplaats, Pretoria, on June 17 1949.

He started school at Blessed Martin Primary in Soweto, where he stayed with his aunt in Meadowlands.

He proceeded to Paxella Training College in Polokwane.

At that time he played for Meadowlands Celtic, a top team in the township.

He rubbed shoulders with exciting players such as Winston "Squash" Radebe, Bush Bush Matlhoko and Irvin "Pepe" Dire, to mention a few.

Molala later enrolled for a BSc degree at the University of the North, also known as Turfloop.

He was expelled in 1972 during the Abram Onkgopotse Tiro era with other students and went back home to Meadowlands.

He later went to Mahwelereng, in Mokopane, and became involved in politics.

He was detained several times.

In 1982 Meadow married Shirley Kekana.

By then he coached Mahwelereng Motherwell FC, which campaigned in the second division of the now defunct National Professional Soccer League.

He relocated to Atteridgeville in the mid 1980s, where he built his family a home.

His passion for football helped him join the Soccer Legends of South Africa, where he became the national and international publicity director.

Molala is also credited with the development of the "Identity of Football" document together with others.

He was a teacher with immense powers of persuasion.

He leaves his wife, a daughter and two sons.

Molala will be buried at Atteridgeville Cemetery tomorrow.

The service will be held at 8am at St George Catholic Church, corner Maunde and Ntsu streets.

The cortege leaves for the cemetery at 10.30am.