A Bafana Bafana delegation led by head coach Molefi Ntseki visited the Motjeka Madisha family at Ga-Madisha-Leolo Village in Limpopo on Wednesday to pay their last respects.
Ntseki was accompanied by SAFA Chief medical officer Dr Thulani Ngwenya, acting technical director Frans Mogashoa and Bafana assistant Kwanele Kopo.
The delegation handed the Madisha family a framed national team jersey.
“Firstly I want to thank the Madisha family for the product that they have given to the nation,” Ntseki told FARPost.
“Motjeka Madisha is a national hero, as young as he was I think he achieved so much. Coming here today meeting his parents it becomes so sad and painful for all of us.
“But we need to be strong, we need to accept what has happened and what is important to all of us is to stop asking questions and making insinuations like if this could have happened, if that could not have happened. But I think it has happened, we have to live with it, we have to accept and move forward,” he said.
“Condolences that we are here to pass over to the family are also condolences meant for the whole nation, meant for all of us because it is so difficult even for me in particular to accept and to say Motjeka Madisha is no more, but we have to accept and move on as painful as it is,” he added.
Other high profile people in the South African football fraternity who have visited the Madisha family this week include the wife and agent of Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane, Moira Tlhagale who went to pay her last respects on Wednesday morning.
Mamelodi Sundowns and CAF Presidential candidate Dr Patrice Motsepe was the first to pay the family a visit on Monday.
Madisha died when his car crashed into a steel pole and burst into flames on the Zuurfontein Road near Chloorkop in December 2020.
After almost two months of waiting, his family confirmed on Saturday that they have received positive DNA tests from a private pathologist.
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By Ofhani Munyai