Sports fraternity mourns humble and dedicated man

STALWART: Late sports reporter Maseru Koaho. Pic. Antonio Muchave.
STALWART: Late sports reporter Maseru Koaho. Pic. Antonio Muchave.

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The death of Maseru Koaho, renowned SABC sports reporter, has touched many people so much that messages of condolence are pouring in.

Koaho died in a car accident on the N12 near Potchefstroom on Saturday. He was travelling to his house in Vosloorus.

On Sunday Koaho was scheduled to travel to Algeria to cover the All Africa Games .

The 2010 Fifa World Cup government unit were among those who sent their condolences to the family of the man who was affectionately known as "Serus".

"I remember the sense of optimism he expressed over Team SA as all athletes gathered last Friday to prepare to leave for Algiers," said Joe Phaahla, the unit's director-general.

"Mr Koaho had committed himself to make the build-up towards the 2010 Fifa World Cup his special project as he believed our country deserves positive and accurate reporting.

"Our country has indeed lost a stalwart in the sport reporting fraternity. The man was committed to the development of sports."

Dan Leboa, veteran soccer administrator, said: "I have known Maseru for many years. He was a very humble man dedicated to his job.

"We have lost a great sports reporter, someone who worked hard to also inform the world about South Africa's readiness for the 2010 World Cup."

Alex Shakoane, Mamelodi Sundowns' communications director, said: "We were all shocked to learn about the death of Maseru Koaho.

"Sundowns have lost a great friend. On behalf of everyone at Sundowns, our deepest condolences to the Koaho family."

Boxing promoter Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala said: "I was shocked when I read that Maseru is no more.

"I have worked for many years with Maseru. He excelled in every sport he covered. He is one of the people who built me up when I was still a boxer.

"People used to tease us about our height at the media conferences. When it was my turn to speak they insisted on Maseru adjusting the microphone."

The 2010 World Cup local organising committee has also sent its condolences to the Koaho family.