Old Buccaneer Phiri was caring

Tumi Sebusi

Tumi Sebusi

Former Orlando Pirates player Andrew "Malome" Phiri is no more.

He died on Sunday at Sebokeng Hospital after being admitted on Wednesday. His illness started when he suffered a stroke in June 2006 and was treated at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital. Born in 1956 at Meyerton, Phiri matriculated at Tshepo Themba High School in Residensia.

He worked for Stewards and Lloyds as a stock controller and later for Clover as a merchandiser.

He married Lydia and they had two sons, Neo, 27, and Teboho, 17.

Though "Malomehad a passion for sport from an early age.

He started playing for AtoZ Sporting Club of Sebokeng.

In 1970, Vaal Eleven was formed by local players from Sharpeville teams. Vaal Eleven was affiliated to the National Professional Soccer League, and was later to change its name to Vaal Professionals.

Phiri joined Vaal Professionals three years later and played alongside Johannes "Satch" Modise, Conti Kubheka, Master Msibi and the late Petros "Mzozo" Maleke to mention a few.

He joined Orlando Pirates in 1980 and played alongside Toy Ramosa, City Maipato, Phil Setshedi, Jomo Sono, Shakes Mashaba and others.

Phiri was a jolly person, full of jokes and a good entertainer. He was also a very shy person, but was generous and very caring.

He will be buried at Vanderbijlpark Cemetery on Saturday. The funeral service will be held at Saul Tsotetsi Sports Centre in Sebokeng from 7.30am.