Spear falls

O NE o le kae (where were you) township folks who were lucky to have seen former Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows ace Colbert Sobopha in action will enthuse and brag.

O NE o le kae (where were you) township folks who were lucky to have seen former Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows ace Colbert Sobopha in action will enthuse and brag.

Lucky them. "Spear" Sobopha graced the National Professional Soccer League briefly in 1977-78. He was the next best thing to Pirates kingpin Jomo Sono, a prince in waiting, when he transferred to Swallows.

But thugs struck next to his Mofolo, Soweto, home in 1978, leaving him blind and cutting short a budding career that had greatness written all over it.

Sobopha passed away after a short illness yesterday.

The thugs who attacked him are still at large, if they are alive.

It's a sad but timely reminder that crime has long robbed us and continues to rob us of some leading lights.

RIP, Spear.

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