wits striker remembered

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

Tributes were still pouring in yesterday as the soccer fraternity mourned the death of soccer star Abram Raselemane, pictured.

The Bidvest Wits striker hanged himself on Tuesday after allegedly fighting with his wife, Sebolelo, who found him hanging in the house.

Raselemane, 30, had 12 Bafana Bafana caps. He started his soccer career at Bloemfontein Young Tigers.

After that he played for Benoni Stars before moving to Cape Town to play for Santos.

He was latter to be lured by SuperSport United before trading his craft at Bidvest Wits, where he was still playing at the time of his death.

"He was one of the most deadly strikers in the country and a key player who contributed a lot to Bafana Bafana," said the SA Football Players Union.

The union said his football skills would be sorely missed by South African fans, and that his death had left a void for his family and football in general.

"We will never forget his brilliant soccer skills - his loss is a cruel blow to our national game."

Orlando Pirates also posted a message of support to his family on its website.

"We convey our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to you and pledge our profound moral support. We [hope that] that God gives you fortitude at this moment of your extreme grief and pain."

l Raselemane will be buried at his home in Bloemfontein on Saturday next week.

His father, Israel Raselemane, confirmed the date of burial but refused to speak to Sowetan about his son.