The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has expressed sadness following the death of its inaugural president, Ismail Bhamjee.
Bhamjee died on friday, just under two months after the loss of his brother Abdul.
Ismail was a referee in the old South Africa Soccer League, but left for Botswana in the 1970s, later becoming General Secretary and President of the Botswana Football Association.
Aside from his role as Cosafa President, he was also on the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Fifa executive committees.
Cosafa Secretary General Sue Destombes, who worked alongside Bhamjee from 1997 when the Cosafa Cup was inaugurated, said: “It is with great sadness that we have learned from our Honorary Secretary General Ashford Mamelodi this morning of Ismail’s passing, after having spoken to him just 10 days ago.
“Ismail has remained a loyal friend of COSAFA over the years. Our sincere condolences to Mrs Bhamjee and the family,” she said.
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