pHETLA LOVED SOCCER WITH GREAT PASSION
The passing of Solly Letsena Phetla has robbed the local game of a player who, long after he hung up his boots, still contributed to the game without expecting any reward.
During his professional playing days, Phetla turned out for Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns and Hellenic, and counted among his team mates the likes of Daniel "Mambush" Mudau and Themba Mnguni, in the 1994-1995 team coached by Clemens Westerhof.
The team won, among other honours, the Iwisa Soccer Spectacular Cup of that season.
This week Mudau remembered Phetla as a good player of humble character and someone who was easy to get along with.
"Those who worked with him, right from the beginning at amateur team Alba Chiefs, still speak of how he once helped the team win the Chappies Little League.
"He could have gone far, even in the national team, but unfortunately he was playing in the era of the likes of Doctor Khumalo and John "Shoes" Moshoeu. It was therefore difficult for him to catch the attention of the national selectors," said Mudau.
Phetla was born on June 7 1973 in Mamelodi where he started his soccer career at the age of 10.
After his career ended, he worked for the Financial Services Board until his death on Sunday.
He is survived by his wife Sarah and daughter Nthabiseng, his parents and two sisters.
The funeral will be held on Sunday at Mamelodi West Community Hall. The service starts at 7am.