Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has paid a glowing tribute to former Mamelodi Sundowns communications manager Thulani Thuswa, who unfortunately died in a car crash in Sandton in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mosimane was speaking at the memorial service at Nasrec Memorial Centre in Johannesburg for Thuswa, Sundowns’ media manager when the club won the 2016 Caf Champions League under the coach.
“I never thought I should pay tribute to ‘Thukzi’, I thought it should be the opposite. But God decided otherwise,” said Mosimane in a speech.
“Difficult moments. I saw my captain [Sundowns’ Hlompho Kekana] struggling [to speak at the memorial]. I don’t know if I have the strength to finish my speech.”
Mosimane found it hard to continue and asked his wife, Moira Tlhagale, to complete his speech.
She read: “It was from your [Thuswa’s] hard work, knowledge and support that I started understanding the media.
“I started understanding that not all the questions really mattered. I had to learn to handle negative queries, and you all know that I faced them every day of my life.
“I got to know that normal things were not newsworthy. It is that man that bites a dog that makes a story. I stopped having sleepless nights about the media because you were there. You prepared me well.
“You profiled the football journalists to know how they thought and what they wanted. You showed me the best way to respond to questions, even those that were very negative or personal.”
Full Speech by Mosimane.
— MTSports (@MTSports10) June 10, 2021
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