POLOKWANE 4: Seven years on…

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Today marks exactly 7 years since four Polokwane City players were killed in a road accident while travelling from a League match at the University of Limpopo.

Khomotso Mpakatesane, Moeketsi Nthete, Mojalefa Mphuthi and Koketso Takalo were all travelling on a bus that was hit by an allegedly drunk driver in Nobody, Mankweng.

The bus in which they were travelling in had 22 passengers consisting of 19 players and 3 coaching staff members.

One of the players, Kopano Sekgobela, who was left paralysed due to the accident says he has accepted and made peace with the fact that his career was cut short, but hopes he can walk again.

Kopano Sekgobela is owner and coach of Dinoko FC, an amateur club.

“After what happened now it’s 7 years later and I am recovering well my brother,” Sekgobela told FARPost.co.za on Monday.

“It was a little bit difficult because of a lot of things at the beginning but I am recovering well that’s why I am not stressed about anything because I have accepted that I am injured and God will help me to one day walk again and I believe that I will walk again so I really don’t have a problem.”

Sekgobela says although he was hurt and bitter at the club in the beginning, he has now healed and wish them well.

“To be honest I like the team, I like the players and I don’t have a problem with anyone at Polokwane City, we can’t change what happened. It was painful in the beginning even now I can tell you that there has never been any contact from the club, but life goes on,” he added.

The 29-year-old is now owner and coach of Dinoko FC who play in the Burgersfort Local Football Association (LFA) League.

Sekgobela during happier times at Polokwane City.

By Ofhani Munyai

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